While many people around the world have been quick to drop their reusables like they’re hot, and are once again reaching for single-use plastics, we want to stress that this is your time to shine, Kappi Warriors. It is as important as *ever* to show your love for the planet and this means sticking to your commitments of reducing your use of plastic waste.
Recycling is once again proving to be an inefficient and expensive way of dealing with plastic waste and in light of the current health crises-many waste sorting centres are dumping your recyclables straight into landfill all in the name of health and safety. While we can understand to some extend why this is happening (it’s mainly for the health + safety of our hard-working waste sorters and handlers), it is devastating to hear.
Our solution (as always) is to make the swap from single-use items to reusables. We stand by our products and are proud to use them over and over and over and over and over (you get it). With products designed to last *forever* - you are saving an overwhelming amount of waste from being created.
~ Our tip for saving the planet while stuck in isolation is helping for food stay fresher for longer with our Silicone Ziplocks and Stretch Lids. Keeping your leftovers and fruit + veg airtight will limit the amount of trips you’ll need to make to the supermarket which is great news for you and your entire community, to be honest. We’re of course also big fans of Bulk Food Shopping as it reduces the amount of food packaging by an insane amount. Shopping in bulk for staples like rice and grains will also reduce the amount of time you need to head out for supplies too, which again is great news in the current crises.
~ Our other eco tip for staying sane in Isolation? Books! Now’s the time to pull out that half finished romance from your beach holiday and get it done! We’re also getting super into self-educating while at home and are taking this opportunity to grow our knowledge on a whole range of topics. Keep reading for 7 of our favourite Eco Friendly Books to learn more about how we can help nurture + care for our Earth.
Zero Waste Home - Bea Johnson
Bea Johnson is a legend in the Zero Waste community and has done so much to help share her knowledge. This book will transform the way you think about waste. This book is half inspirational story of how she drastically reduced her family’s waste (yes!) and one half guide-book full of tips + tricks to live a more sustainable lifestyle (yes!).
Don't Even Think About It (Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change ) - George Marshall
Unlike most books on the subject, which try to convince people using science, Don’t Even Think About It examines why the science doesn’t persuade people - and to us, that’s crazy interesting. It’s also a great exercising on compassion and understanding, but also reignites a new motivation for us to approach our conversations with Climate Deniers in a new way. If you have an interest in psychology and a passion for sticking up for Mother Earth, this book is well worth a read!
Rise & Resist (How to Change the World) - Clare Press
We were put onto this book by our friends at Ethical Made Easy, who are big fans of it and we’ve got to say - they are sure onto something with this one! This book will literally ‘awaken the active citizen inside you,’ and we’re so excited about it. Rise & Resist takes a broad look at the rebirth of grassroots activism currently sweeping the globe. Be it fashion, feminism or fighting the climate change fight, people are finding their voices and demanding a better future in a whole host of creative ways.
2040 - Damon Gameau
You might remember that we’ve already talked about this 2040 - but we’ve only talked about the documentary in the past. Now it’s time to talk about the book! Although to be honest, we think both are more than worth your time. Basically, the author is a storyteller, that wants to share the stories of different people around the world who are working to benefit the planet in their own unique ways. It’s a beautiful and inspiring story- definitely worth a read!
How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Saving the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time by Will McCallum
Will McCallum has been at the heart of the anti-plastics movement for the past three years, in his role as Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK. This book is a big step in confronting this huge problem of plastic waste - a fight *very* close to our hearts here at Kappi. It is a profound, passionate, and most importantly practical guide to taking action on plastics. From easy wins such as using a reusable keep cup for your morning coffee, to lesser-known hacks like fixing a filter to your washing machine to catch some of the microfibres released from your clothes - this book has it all.
Cooking With Scraps - Lindsay-Jean Hard
This is a new topic for us, and we are honestly so excited to learn more and more about sustainable gardening. This isn’t a cookbook about thrifty uses for scraps; it’s about a whole new way to celebrate ingredients that have long been wasted. Lindsay-Jean Hard show us how to put those seeds, stems, tops, rinds to good use for more delicious (and more frugal) cooking, which we are all about!
Low Tox Life A Handbook for a Healthy You and a Happy Planet - Alexx Stuart
This book is full of great tips and DIY’s to help you avoid the toxic chemicals which are commonly found in supposedly common household items like toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, and home cleaners. We’re no strangers to the world of harsh chemicals and toxins that come in so many things - it’s a big part of why we gave up plastics - but this is still a new topic for so many people! It’s highly practical and educational book that encourages a positive movement for change.