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Reduce, Reuse and Return!

Packaging Sustainability

Reduce, Reuse and Return!

For the longest time, we've been told the 3 key ways to be environmentally sustainable: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Stop taking more than what you require, clean and reuse whatever you have accumulated, and when all else fails, recycle. This seems to be a really good plan until we realise that our recycling process still lacks transparency, and there is simply a lack of demand for recycled materials. It has been reported that after China's ban on waste plastic import in 2017, Malaysia and Indonesia have been the main importers of recycling waste. With the drop in value of recycled plastic, the pile might be...

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4 Ways to gift wrap this holiday

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4 Ways to gift wrap this holiday

It's the last weekend before Christmas! I have some handy tips for wrapping any last minute gifts and making use of items you might be able to find at home. If you have a pile of boxes from online shopping waiting to be cleared, bulky gift set boxes, wedding gift favour boxes, this is for you! Idea 1: Furoshiki using a scarf Our first wrapping idea comes from the Japanese art of Furoshiki, a traditional way to bundle items for transport and gifting. With just a square cloth, you can wrap almost anything of any shape securely and with its own handle. There...

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Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Ingredient Highlights

Coconut Oil

Did you know that a certain crab feasts on coconuts? Why are coconuts so popular with both people and crabs? The coconut (Cocos nucifera) tree is a palm that has been called the tree of a thousand uses. Although it is cultivated in many parts of the world, the majority of plantations are found in Indonesia, India and the Philippines. Coconuts require a hot and humid tropical climate to thrive and can tolerate high levels of salinity. Coconut oil has traditionally been used to moisturise and protect the hair and skin in many cultures, even up till today. We harness...

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Our Thoughts on Plastic & Paper

Packaging Paper Plastic Sustainability

Our Thoughts on Plastic & Paper

Do you believe that paper is more "eco-friendly" than plastic? Before we dive into our thoughts, we would like to emphasise that there is not right or wrong answer, as it all depends on your perspective of "saving the earth". For our solid products, we avoid plastics completely. Paper can be recycled, composted and will decompose faster than plastics will. We have local recycling companies that accept paper, but not plastic, which has to be incinerated. We can go one step further by choosing paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified Recycled or Mix, which means less virgin materials are used to produce the products. Unless you are creating...

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It's a Hazy Saturday!

Climate Haze Sustainability Weather

It's a Hazy Saturday!

While the Amazon forest burns at an alarming rate, rainforests in South East Asia are also up in flames, causing the thick, choking haze that takes weeks (or even months) to clear. There are many factors causing this, one of which is land clearing activities using the slash-and-burn method by unethical corporations and farmers, largely in the palm oil and woodpulp industries. Everyone in this region suffers, and while we can always blame it on irresponsible corporations and slow government actions to clamp down on such methods, we as consumers have a huge part to play in this awful situation....

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