- July 27, 2021
- Posted by Claire Goldsworthy
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We're a team of passionate eco-warriors at The Fashion Advocate, and plastic-free living is something we strive towards year-round. We're not perfect, no one is, but when we have the opportunity, we choose sustainable alternatives to single-use products, and we think before we consume.
We're so passionate about reducing plastic in the world that we even stopped selling polyester fashion last year. So, when Plastic Free July rolls around, we make the most of it to celebrate our favourite low-waste, zero-waste, plastic-free, sustainable and eco-friendly brands.
For us, it doesn't just begin and end with July. We hunt for plastic-free brands year-round, and our favourite plastic-free lifestyle brands champion plastic-free living every day, every week, and every month of the year with us too. For every single-use plastic product, there's a sustainable and ethical plastic-free alternative, and these are our pick of the bunch...
PLASTIC FREE PERIOD CARE
The average Australian woman uses up to 12,000 disposable pads, liners and tampons in her lifetime - and they're all landfilled or flushed. In the United Kingdom alone, 700,000 liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary pads are flushed down the toilet every single day. It's a plastic pollution problem Eco Period Australia are cleaning up with their zero waste, organic and sustainable period products. Eco Period Australia's Eco Briefs, Eco Cup menstrual cups and Eco Pads offer a reusable and low-waste solution to a monthly problem, and their Orgaknix organic cotton underwear are some of the most absorbent on the Australian market. Shop Eco Period Australia's range here and use TFA15 for 15% off.
PLASTIC FREE BEAUTY PRODUCTS
It is estimated that 552 million shampoo and conditioner bottles end up in landfills worldwide every single year. Single-use beauty packaging is one of the biggest culprits in the plastic pollution crisis. Considering the average Australian washes their hair up to 12,000 times over their lifetime, our oceans and environment are paying the ultimate price for our beauty habits. Beauty and the Bees are passionate about reducing plastic in the beauty industry, and their zero waste shampoo bars are not only plastic-free, but made with integrity. The main ingredient is precious Tasmanian leatherwood bees wax – rather than water and glycerin like most mainstream products. The ingredient list is like reading a menu at a Tasmanian farmer's market: apple cider vinegar from the Huon Valley, hops, herbs, goats milk and sea kelp. Beauty and the Bees' zero waste bars are free from harsh chemicals and last far longer than bottled shampoo too because they're solid and concentrated. Shop the Beauty and the Bees plastic free, zero waste, sustainable beauty range here.
PLASTIC FREE GIFTS
One of the easiest ways to create positive change is to start conversations with family and friends. Something as simple as a conversation can introduce a single-use plastic-lover to a world of sustainable alternatives, and a great segway into the plastic pollution conversation is through gifting. Wheatbags Love are an ethical and sustainable brand doing just that - giving the gift of plastic-free living. Their range of natural and organic therapeutic wheat bags, eye masks, eye pillows and gift packs are biodegradable, low waste, and ethically made in Australia too. Shop Wheatbags Love handmade and plastic-free range here.
PLASTIC FREE LAUNDRY PRODUCTS
Switching to a plastic-free routine in the laundry helps to keep single-use plastic bottles out of landfill and the ocean. In the U.S alone, 700 million plastic bottles of laundry detergent are consumed and thrown away each year, and considering over eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year, making a small switch in the laundry can have a monumental impact. That Red House is actively changing the state of ocean plastic with their plastic-free, biodegradable, chemical-free, compostable and waste-free soapberries. Soapberries are a natural alternative to traditional laundry detergent and fabric softeners, and That Red House's soapberries are certified organic too. They work exactly like laundry detergent, without the plastic, without the waste and without the chemicals. Shop That Red House's soapberries here.
PLASTIC FREE FASHION
63% of fashion is made with polyester, a synthetic fabric produced with petrochemicals and non-renewable resources. Polyester is made with the same chemical components as plastic, and it's laced with chemicals and toxins. It's a nasty, environmentally devastating fabric, and it has no place in our wardrobe. Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world's use of polyester. Oil is a non-renewable resource; once it's gone, it's gone. A single polyester garment takes more than 200 years to break down, but it never decomposes. Tiny plastic particles exist - forever. We've completely eliminated polyester fashion at The Fashion Advocate, so when you shop online from our range of Australian and New Zealand ethical and sustainable fashion brands, you'll have a positive impact. Shop our plastic free fashion range here.
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