A Sustainable Gift From Me To You …

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A Sustainable Gift From Me To You …

By Rowena Mynott

 

If you are anything like me at the end of the year you are feeling a little drained and exhausted. On top of that you have to contend with doing battle in the shops and if you are in any way, shape or form looking for an environmentally friendly product, rummaging through piles of plastic or plastic wrapped gifts can be disheartening. So, I am going to try and make it easier for ONE person (I’d love to treat you all but it’s just not possibly I’m afraid!) and give away a fantastic sustainable gift pack. It includes:

  • Glass Dharma straw
  • A hemp carrying pouch for the straw (so you can throw it in your bag and not worry about breakages)
  • A bamboo toothbrush
  • A copy of Bag It the movie
  • A lovely pewter dolphin keyring crafted by Roland St John (to remind you of why you are living sustainably)

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These glass straws are fantastic products, I use mine for both hot and cold drinks, they are easy to clean and easy to carry around in the little pouch. The bamboo toothbrush is made entirely from sustainable and biodegradable bamboo (it’s even panda friendly!) If you haven’t seen the movie Bag It you really need to. If you are hoping to give this as a gift to encourage someone to live more sustainably then this movie might be the eye opener they really need. It’s a stunning example of why we need to reduce the amount of plastics we use. Finally, the beautiful little dolphin can be attached to keys or a bag for a daily reminder of the ocean.

 

 

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So, how do you win? Simple. Follow these simple steps and in a weeks time I will announce the winner.

1) Sign up to the 72&Rising Newsletter

2) Like 72&Rising on Facebook

3) Optional extra for bonus points – tell me in the comments below who you are wanting the gift for and why

4) Optional extra for bonus points – share this post with your friends

 

Good luck – feel free to share this far and wide. Plastic pollution is an issue that effects us all. Lets see if we can do our bit to reduce it

The fine print …

  1. Unfortunately I can’t guarantee delivery for Christmas 
  2. This offer is open for Australian residents only
  3. You must complete the required steps to be in the running
  4. Winner will be picked at random on December 22nd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New 72&Rising Store now open!

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It’s finally here, our new store.  Soon it will be filled with beautiful sustainable products.  For now there are just a few on there to whet your appetite.  Let us know what you think.  Is there anything that you would like to see on there?

All products are plastic free and no plastics will be used in their packaging. We need to help reduce the impact we are having on our planet and if we need to buy ‘stuff’ (and lets be honest here – we do) then we want to enable you to do that sustainably.  Sure products are more expensive than single use plastics (which is something I’ll never understand – how is it cheaper to drill into the earth for oil, to convert to plastic rather than chop down a tree?) but just think of the benefits your choices will have for the environment.

Enjoy browsing and good luck with Plastic Free July!

 

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Plastic Free July – Will YOU take up the challenge? We have!

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 “Think about it, why would you make something that you’re going to use for a few minutes out of a material that’s basically going to last forever, and you’re just going to throw it away. What’s up with that?

– Jeb Berrier (Bag It movie).

 

Initiated by Western Metropolitan Regional Council and developed by Earth Carers staff, Plastic Free July has been running since 2011.  The challenge, as the name suggests is quite simple: To attempt to consume no single-use plastic during July. Single use plastics include things such as plastic shopping bags, straws and plastic packaging.  Impacts from plastic severely impact upon our oceans and waterways.  Australians contribute 1 million tonnes of plastic to landfills every year.

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Here are some facts taken from the Plastic Free July website that may make you think more seriously the next time you reach for that plastic bag:

  • Every piece of plastic ever produced still remains in the earth today! (Take one minute to think about that!)
  • From 1960-2000 over 1 billion tonnes of plastic was produced.  This figure has already doubled in the last 10 years
  • Worldwide in one week we use 10 billion plastic bags
  • In the USA an average of 2.5 million plastic bottles are used every hour
  • In the USA over 500 million plastic straws are used daily
  • In 2013 the UN and WHO reported that evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a “global threat” that should be addressed
  • 80% of the oceans debris has come from the land
  • More than 270 of the worlds marine animal species are affected by marine debris
  • 5 of the top 10 marine debris items are associated with beverages
  • CSIROs national coastal debris survey estimates that there are 115,513,626 pieces of rubbish on Australia’s coastline.  This averages at 5.2 pieces for every person in the country.
  • 74% of all waste found is plastic

 

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This challenge whilst serious in nature is not a competition so why not sign up and give it your best shot? Your contribution no matter how big or small WILL make a difference.

The 72&Rising shop will be opening in July so if you are looking for some sustainable items (free even from plastic packaging) to replace some of those plastic ones, please head to the store on our website www.72andrising.com

Let us know in the comments or our Facebook page if you decide to take up the challenge. We have!

Good Luck!

Review of Glass Straws by Glass Dharma

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By Rowena Mynott

By now most people will understand that plastics are causing havoc to our natural environment, especially our oceans. So prevalent is this man made element in our lives that it is difficult to imagine how we could live without it. Of course there are some areas of life where plastic products are important, but there are multitudes more where they are not and where they can (and should) be replaced by a more sustainable alternative.

The McDonalds website states that it serves around 60 million people a day.  Assuming that each person has a drink means that we as a global population are responsible for contributing well over 60 million straws to landfills per day.  Not into fast food and think this doesn’t apply to you? What about that iced coffee from your local coffee house or that healthy fresh fruit smoothie that you buy for lunch? These all come with plastic straws too.  Remember the figure above was from just one fast food outlet alone and does not take into consideration straws used at home, at parties or the straws from your child’s juice boxes.

Feeling suitably guilty? Not to worry.  There is, of course, an alternative! There are many plastic free choices: stainless steel, bamboo, paper but the stand out for me is glass.

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Glass Dharma is the producer of glass straws, a sustainable alternative to the plastic straw. Their straws are made from borosilicate glass, which you might be familiar with from Pyrex products.  They are tough, contain no lead and are relatively cheap.  Ok, not quite as cheap as around 9c per straw, which is what you might pay if you buy a bulk box of 400 plastic straws, but imagine how long your glass straw will last you in comparison. On top of the fact that you are reusing them, they come with a lifetime guarantee so break it and Glass Dharma will replace it for you free of charge. Cant ask for better than that!

Upon receiving my straws I noticed two things straight away.  Firstly the packaging is very simple, elegant and made from recycled products. What a great way to keep up the ethos of your company. Secondly I realised I was not alone in my secret fetish of combining hot drinks with straws and more importantly I could actually use my glass straw in hot beverages as well as cold. Now, not only was I not alone, the glass straw turned my drinking experience on its head. There is something so decedent about drinking through a glass straw that Glass Dharma has almost made it into a sexy experience.

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Although they are a beautiful product for us adults, kids shouldn’t be denied the fun too – in fact, our next generation are the ones who should be introduced to these products early so that carrying around reusable utensils becomes the norm and not some ‘hippy’ ideal.  Parents shouldn’t be put off from letting their kids use this product, despite being made of glass they are tougher than I had imagined. Of course, they will break and yes, I did lose one from a ‘break test’ that I conducted in the interests of providing a good review.  However, it wasn’t until it fell from around 5ft onto a concrete floor that it broke. I tried initially a small hesitant drop onto the counter top – it bounced. A fall from 2 ft and 3ft onto concrete floor both bounced.  Not even a chip or a crack. Incredible! I am certainly happy enough to let my two-year-old son use them with adult supervision.

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I have tried not to be biased but I can’t hide the fact that I loved these straws.  Whilst the experience factor and the environmental factor are big pluses, there are actual health benefits of drinking through a straw. It has long been reputed that drinking through a straw reduces tooth decay, and as Glass Dharma state, can reduce the staining on teeth from red wine, tea and coffee. Most importantly, being made of glass also removes the chance of nasty plastic toxins leaching into your system as you drink.

The oldest drinking straw in existence was dated to around 3,000 BC from a Sumerian tomb.  These guys knew how to make straws sexy. It was gold lined and inlaid with lapis lazuli stones.  No throwing this one away. I often think ancient civilizations had the right idea and with our increased technology we are losing the ability to live in harmony with our planet.  Ancient peoples had a few good quality items that were vital and that they hung on to; we on the other hand are complete consumers – a discard population using cheap and nasty products that have a knock on effect to the rest of society and our planet. Of course the same can be said for our methods of gathering food vs. theirs…. but I digress. I’m a big fan of reusable implements.  I carry around a stainless water bottle, I’ve been carrying around stainless steel chopsticks with me for about 3 years and now I can carry my glass straw.  Glass Dharma offer a carry case for this very purpose.

Whether your preferred tipple is a cocktail, glass of juice or just a good old cuppa, there is a straw designed for you.  Glass Dharma offer plain straight straws, long straws, short cocktail straws, bent straws, straws with coloured dots to prevent them rolling off counter tops and they will even make a straw to your order.

For those that partake in a sneaky fast food meal here and there, a take away smoothie or a juice, why not try and remember to ask for no straw with your drink and use your glass one instead? Lets see if we can knock a few zeros off that 60 million figure.

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Top 10 reasons to use glass straws:

  1. The most important reason: you are helping our environment
  2. No toxins will leach out of your straw and into your body
  3. Reduce staining on teeth
  4. Save money on buying plastic straws
  5. Feel good.  Not only will you feel good about saving the planet, your cup of tea will have never felt so decidant
  6. Teach your kids the ethical way to live from an early age
  7. Locally made in the USA: no cheap labour sourced from the east
  8. Lifetime guarantee.  If you do break your straw you will get a free replacement
  9. Easily washed and sterilized in the dishwasher – something that’s obviously not possible if like me you used to try and reuse plastic straws
  10. They are a beautiful product and can be displayed in a glass on the countertop

 

These straws will be available in the next couple of weeks in our new shop.  Please contact us on info@72andrising.com if you would like to place a pre-order.