Upcycle Studio started with our upcycled homewares and gifts collection and has now grown significantly. It all began with a passion for upcycling that our founders Joanne and Piers just couldn’t shake. They both have a professional background in design and found themselves immersed in the world of upcycling, constantly searching for well-designed upcycled products.
Did you know that being surrounded by plants helps to reduce stress levels and is great for your health? Not only do plants purify the air around you, bringing a touch of nature indoors benefits humans on a more primal level too. We're meant to be surrounded by the natural environment but in modern society, it's becoming more and more difficult to get outside. So why not create a nature-filled zone in your home or office? Our fantastic selection of plant books will help you gather up all the inspiration you need.
Grow all your herbs at home with the help of this handy resource, Herbarium. This little guide has all the info you'll need for your herb-related questions, with information on 100 different herbs and their nutritional benefits. Not just one of your average gardening, recipe or plant books, Herbarium is your own beautifully illustrated 'herb manual' showcasing how to garnish, cook and create all natural and healing potions with ingredients such as bergamot, dill, sassafras and even wasabi! Did you also know that Echinacea gets its name from the Greek word for hedgehog? That's right - this is thanks to the plant's prickly scales that can be found on a cone-like seed head. Filled with colourful illustrative depictions of each herb - this publication is a great find for all pattern and textile lovers too. A great addition to this compendium is a set of Herbarium Reference Cards to make you feel like a herb master extraordinaire!
This is the essential book that you'll need to start transforming your home into a luscious green space. Indoor Green celebrates houseplants in all their weird and wonderful glory and shows you how to incorporate them brilliantly into your own space. Learn more about the characteristics of the most popular indoor plants so you can make a more informed decision of what will work best for your space and lifestyle. We love how this book takes you around the world - visit an overflowing potted haven in Kyoto, Japan or take a trip to Melbournian Joe Crawford's lifelong collection of plants that he's been cultivating for the past 50 years! Indoor Green is a great mix of everyday people's personal plant collections and general green thumb info that can guide you along your plant-loving journey.
Do you live in a small space that doesn't have a garden? Or maybe just a teeny tiny balcony that might be limiting your green thumb? Never fear because with all the right tips and tricks you can bring some greenery into your home in the form of a cute-as-ever terrarium. They are vibrant, endearing and a unique way of injecting a little bit of nature into smaller spaces. Tiny World Terrariums is the perfect DIY guide to get you started, packed with plenty of tips and tricks in addition to step-by-step instructions. The book's many photos of gorgeous finished terrariums will have you feeling creative and inspired in no time! Start off with all the basics - eg. what tools will you need? The book goes through everything and explains why tweezers and "pokey sticks" (yes, that is the proper scientific term) of all shapes and sizes are your best friend in terms of a terrarium project. We really love how the author has used all sorts of cute little figurines to liven up some of her own projects - it adds such character and a lovely sense of playfulness.
Learn how to grow your own food and eat it too! Homegrown is perfect for anyone looking to create their own veggie patch but has no idea where to start. This book provides clear and uncomplicated illustrations, showcasing how to plant, grow and harvest 25 of the easiest fruits and vegetables to get going in your very own garden. It's a perfect mix of cookbook and gardening guide, with recipes such as a tomato and watermelon gazpacho and tips for what produce thrives in which season.
Learn all about the new wave of Urban Farms that are popping up more and more frequently in different metropolises worldwide. Urbanites are starting to realise that farming is not just something that exclusively belongs to the countryside and are creating their own farms in major cities. The book profiles 16 innovative urban farms and talks of the passionate individuals who are growing their own food, and some even raising their own animals! This book demonstrates that almost any part of everyday modern life can have a DIY approach - you just need to know where to start.
Have you ever thought about a skyscraper as a living entity? Something that moves, breathes and creates life much like the rest of nature? It's a very new concept that is at the forefront of modern architectural design and is captured brilliantly in Garden City. You might not know this but these types of living, breathing buildings already exist in the world and are capable of being ecologically autonomous, horticulturally productive and both pleasing to the eye and relevant to our day-to-day lifestyles. This book showcases more than 100 recent projects including city "tree houses" and civic buildings that connect to existing water management systems. This book is a look at garden on a much larger scale - it forces us to think about how landscape architecture can aid in the preservation of scarce resources for generations to come.
One of the best plant books that celebrates all the beautiful colours of Australia is Native - Art and Design with Australian Plants. Going beyond our typical idea of an "Aussie bush garden" the publication demonstrates how easy it can be to use Australian natives to create new and exciting horticultural landscapes. There are plenty of tips on how to use flora in different ways to create varying visual impacts. Do you want to create a focal point in your space or maybe just have accents dispersed around? Native will inform you on how to achieve these types of stylistic techniques and many more with Australian plants that are so easily accessible and in abundance these days. This book is the perfect reference material for lovers of horticultural and lansdcape design.
For a little bit more inspiration on how to add some green into your space, check out our excellent range of rubber planters and natural storage baskets. They're a great way to spruce up all your plant projects - from small options for all your herb pots or larger sizes for those big outdoor beauties.
In celebration of International Women's Day, we'd love to give a shout out to all the women who constantly inspire us. All of these strong females are working tirelessly to create a better planet - we're so proud of their efforts and thankful for their hard work. If you haven't already heard of these eco warriors, here's some information about each of their causes. We encourage everyone to find out a little bit more about these wonderful everyday heroes - maybe it will inspire you to find a cause that you want to start fighting for too! Happy International Women's Day! Girl power all the way!
Dr. Vandana Shiva
Indian scholar, environmentalist and farming activist Vandana Shiva is a champion for the protection of Mother Nature. Her life's work revolves around promoting environmental diversity - campaigning for the use of traditional and local agricultural solutions as opposed to blanket uniform practices to farming across different regions and countries. Vandana's NGO, Navdanya supports over 6.5 million farming families across India, providing financial and educational support in order for them to continue working the land for generations to come. She has been fighting against the seed production giant Monsanto for years and her mission of "Earth Democracy" (creating biodiversity, seed and food sovereignty and access to clean water) is very dear to her heart. Protecting the Earth, she says, is simply a matter of acknowledging our place within it: "You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you."
Dr. Vandana Shiva
If you haven't already read her book, Zero Waste Home, do yourself a favour and grab copy right now! Bea Johnson is one of the world's leading zero-waste experts and a major influencer in the sustainable lifestyle community. Her personal insights that she shares in her book, blog posts and various talks around the world have launched a huge global movement, inspiring thousands of people to be more conscious of their waste. She breaks it down really simply and makes it easy for anyone to start their own sustainable journey by giving practical tips and trips from her years of experience. Check out Bea's TED talk on how her family has adopted a zero waste lifestyle and never looked back!
Recycling champion Isatou Ceesay is one of our heroes because she's the founder of a fantastic green initiative in The Gambia that turns waste into wealth for the community. She established Njau Recycling and Income Generation Group in her home country in 1997 and has been encouraging women to collect and upcycle waste materials into new products like bags, mats and purses. Not only does this help to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in local communities, the products sold also generate income for many women who would otherwise be without employment.
Lauren Singer is another one of our favourite zero waste queens. She's the author of the lifestyle blog Trash is for Tossers and owner of the Package Free Shop in Brooklyn, New York. Her college days in Environmental Studies has played a huge part in how she currently lives her life. Lauren has become a fresh voice for environmentalism and sustainability, especially for younger generations who are so digitally obsessed these days! She uses the internet brilliantly to maximise her reach and encourage as many people as possible to go zero waste. Her super useful blog posts and many series of videos make it really easy for anyone to jump on board this eco-living bandwagon.
After a career in cosmetics manufacturing (which is riddled with overpackaging of products), Natalie Isaacs decided it was time to change the course of her life and work on something for the greater good. She founded the global movement 1 Million Women in order to encourage action on climate change. What's better than just 1 woman standing up for her cause? 1 MILLION women banding together and forming an entire movement to support our planet! The organisation is continuously working on a range of different campaigns such as their current #leaveitontheshelf initiative, which encourages consumers to say no to fruit and vegetables that are packaged in plastic. The overall aim is that supermarkets around the world will take notice of a shift in customer behaviour and realise that there's no need for our food to be wrapping in so much unecessary plastic that damages our environment.
The zero-waste movement is absolutely booming at the moment, with many people making solid efforts to reduce waste and be more environmentally friendly. Some individuals and families can even fit a whole year's worth of trash inside a mason jar! Now, that's pretty incredible but we don't expect everyone to be able to do this from the get go. (Although it's a great goal to work towards.) If you've been tinkering with the idea of going a little bit greener, then now's the time to start. Here are our top 10 tips to considerably minimise your eco footprint - the best thing is that all of them are super easy to adopt!
1. Say no to plastic bags
This is the big one! You might be shocked to learn that Australians are one of the largest waste producers worldwide. It's estimated that we go through 5 billion plastic bags a year in just our country alone. That's over 13 million new plastic bags being taken home from the shops each day! Unfortunately these bags aren't recyclable (yep, even those "bio" bags are not so great for the environment either.) So, in order to really make a big difference, especially for our beautiful oceans and marine life, it's time to purge the plastic. Take a reusable bag with you wherever you go - you never know when you might need to do an impromptu shop! We are obsessed with these Flip & Tumble 24-7 Bags that roll up into a small ball, easy to pop inside your bag while you're on the go. If you do happen to get caught out at the shops without a reusable bag, think about whether you even need a bag at all. Can you carry what you just bought in your hands? Or can you ask the staff for a cardboard box instead? After you start saying no to plastic bags you'll never be able to go back!
2. Take homemade lunches to work
Packing your own lunch not only saves you money, it also means you don't eat meals that are served in plastic packaging with plastic cutlery. Invest in a few good quality lunch boxes that make it easy to transport your meals to and from home each day. Having different size options is great for days that you might want to pack some extra snacks or that delicious birthday cake from the weekend! If you're already cooking dinner, just add some more ingredients into the mix to ensure you have leftovers for the next day - that way packing lunch doesn't seem like such a huge chore. Think about the type of lunch box that will work best for your eating habits. Do you want to be able to heat your food in the microwave? Is it essential that your lunch box is dishwasher safe? Do you prefer the taste of eating from stainless steel rather than from plastic? Choosing the right lunchbox that you're going to love means you'll want to use it every day. Making your waste reduction journey a lot easier!
3. Dine in or BYO reusable containers for takeaway meals
We understand that eating a packed lunch can get a bit boring from time to time. So for those special occasions when you'd like to treat yourself, take your own bowl or containers with you to the restaurant or cafe. This might feel a bit weird the first time you do it but most eateries will happily oblige - and also be very supportive. If you happen to be a regular or quite chummy with the staff already, ask for a dine-in bowl that you can take back to your desk and return after you've finished. Our Upcycle team frequently does this with our local favourite Vietnamese restaurant The Rice Pantry and it's fantastic. After doing it a couple of times, it becomes a habit very quickly. Plus, wouldn't we all love to be recognised as the eco-warrior at our local lunch spots?
4. Take reusable cutlery with you on the go
Kick your dining game up a notch and take some reusable cutlery with you at all times. You just never know when you might get hungry and need a little snack. A lightweight and portable set of cutlery that comes in its own pouch makes it incredibly easy to refuse plastic knives, forks and spoons. Or you can simply grab some utensils from your kitchen drawer, pop them in a linen napkin and tie it all together with a rubber band. Voila!
5. Shop at a bulk foods store
Opting to buy your groceries at a bulk foods store instead of a traditional supermarket will drastically reduce the amount of waste in your kitchen and pantry. Take your own reusable jars, grab some paper bags provided at the shop or pop your goodies in fabric produce bags. Most bulk foods stores won't look as glamorous as the supermarket, with an absence of bright, shiny packaging or eye-catching sale posters that encourage impulse purchases. Instead, everything is just in simple tubs with a code for each product that gets punched in at the checkout. Less packaging at the shop means less waste for you at home!
6. Invest in a reusable coffee cup and water bottle
No more cappuccinos in disposable cups or bottled water at the beach! Be prepared for caffeine fixes or weekend outings with a reusable coffee cup and water bottle. In Australia alone, it's estimated that we churn through 1 billion coffee cups per year and that's in addition to the 118,000 tonnes of bottled drinks we buy per annum! Does it really make sense to drink from a disposable cup or bottle when you think about those numbers? In this day and age, we are so swept up in takeaway and convenience culture that it's easy to forget about the huge environmental impact of small daily choices. It does take a while to train yourself to carry a cup and bottle around with you. But just think about if you bought 1 coffee per day in your own cup for 5 years - that's 1825 coffee cups that you'd end up saving from landfill! Now we think that's rewarding enough to make the switch!
7. Use a bamboo toothbrush
A really simple change to a household item that we all use every day. Swapping out your plastic toothbrush for a more eco-friendly option will drastically reduce your plastic waste over a lifetime. The eco alternative is a bamboo toothbrush, which we think looks way nicer than their bright, plastic counterparts anyway! Bamboo is a natural plant material that grows at lightning speeds and is completely biodegradable. Some bamboo toothbrushes are even made with special nylon bristles that are also biodegradable.
8. Pickle or cook fruit and vegetables that might go to waste
Save your food, don't scrap it! A yummy way of reducing your food wastes is by preserving or pickling your fruits and vegetables. People used to do this more often back in the day when you really needed to make your food last. It used to be completely inconceivable to throw food in the bin when you could save money and your ingredients last longer. Australians are responsible for 4 million tonnes of food waste each year so we can all try to do our best to reduce this crazy figure. Got too much leftover cabbage? Cut it up and turn it into sauerkraut. Are those cucumbers nearing the end? Give them new life as pickles for your next burger. The possibilities are endless as you can pretty much find a great pickling recipe for any type of fruit or vegetable.
9. Store leftovers in beeswax wraps
Replace those rolls of cling wrap for a way more eco-friendly alternative. Beeswax wraps are made from cotton and all natural beeswax and will keep your leftovers fresh without having to use plastic. Wrap these directly onto your cut fruit, vegetables and cheeses or use them to cover bowls of meat. Each beeswax wrap is reusable, lasting for about a year and they're easily washable with warm soapy water. Once they reach the end of their life they can be composted or used as a firestarter.
10. Buy pantry items that come in glass jars instead of plastic
Next time you're re-stocking your pantry, take a closer look in the aisles and see if there's a glass option for your food. Instead of buying items like olives, sauces, dips or juices in plastic packaging, try to find a glass alternative. We love buying things in glass jars not only because we can always reuse them after we're done with the food. Not only can you use these for storing even more food down the track, you can also use them for stashing small household items like rubber bands, safety pins or as a pen jar.
Little by little we can all start to do our bit to reduce waste and become more eco-conscious. It all starts with just one small habit at a time. Give one of these 10 things a go in order to begin your minimal waste journey and you'll be pleasantly surprised how quickly you'll change your entire lifestyle.
I'm sure you've all heard of vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian. But has anyone heard of the reducetarian movement? It's a relatively new label (no, we're not really fond of labels either) for a collection of people who are consciously cutting down on their meat intake. You might actually already be a reducetarian without even realising! We wanted to learn a bit more about this foodie phenomenon and share our insights with you.
Reducetarian: Happy Hangman - YouTube
What is a reducetarian?
A reducetarian is someone who is making an effort to reduce the amount of animal products they eat. Whether it be cutting down on red meat, eliminating dairy completely, only having seafood once a month or just making one meal per week meat-free. The best thing about this concept is that you can tailor it perfectly to your lifestyle and the food goals you'd like to achieve. There's no need stop eating all animal products cold turkey, no pun intended. It's more about doing your little bit to minimise and properly monitor your consumption.
Why should you become a reducetarian?
Everyone will have their very own reasons for wanting to try a reducetarian lifestyle. So let's lay down some facts to highlight the benefits of this movement.
Eating less meat is good for your health
Studies show that diets which are high in fruit and vegetables and low in meat and animal products lead to healthier lifestyles. This can lower chances of Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. Along with positive lifestyle changes, a vegetarian or plant-based diet can even reverse heart disease. If you're also trying to lose weight, minimising the amount of animal products you eat (which in turn reduces your calorie intake) will help to speed up the weight loss process.
Eating less meat is good for the planet
Unless you're channeling Into the Wild and living life off the land (we salute you if you are!) you're probably buying farmed meat from supermarkets. Did you know how much energy it takes to produce the most common meats that go through our checkouts? It takes about 6kg of grain to produce a 500g pack of beef mince and about 2kg of grain to produce 500g of chicken. That's a lot of grain if you think about how many people eat a spag bol or a roast chicken each night for dinner! Funnily enough, we grow all of this grain to feed these animals but we'd actually use way less water, energy and other natural resources if we just ate the grain ourselves!
I'm going to begin this by mentioning that I'm not a vegetarian or vegan and I have no objection to anyone who chooses to eat meat. I just want to paint a little picture about the meat and dairy industries however, which are often very cruel with their treatment of animals. Factory farming conditions are less than ideal with most animals never being able to see the sun, roam on the grass or socialise with others as nature intended. Without going further into the harsh realities, it's clear that a lot of animals suffer merely because humans are at the top of the food chain. So whenever you get a chance to forgo meat or dairy from your meal, it's a small show of support for a lot of intelligent creatures who are often bred merely for our consumption.
It can save you money
If you're eating meat for dinner every night of the week, the costs start to add up quickly, especially if you're trying to feed a family. Think about how much it costs for a 1kg of chicken, which might only last one meal, compared to 1kg of lentils, which can stay in your pantry for a while and be scattered out over various dinners. Next time you go on a grocery shop I'd encourage you to take note of the meat and dairy products you buy and mentally jot down the final total on your receipt. The following week, swap out all of those animal products for alternatives like fruit, veg, legumes and grains and see if there's a noticeable difference to your hip pocket. We can almost guarantee that you'll save money!
How can you start your own reducetarian journey?
Educate yourself with the Reducetarian Solution Book - Learn everything you need to know about the movement here. Filled with essays from people who've also decided to reduce their animal product consumption, there are plenty of tales from others who've been at this starting point before. The book is also filled with tonnes of recipes to help guide you along your way.
Set yourself a goal - Be realstic and set yourself some easy to achieve targets in the beginning stages. Maybe you can just start with Meat Free Mondays or you pledge to stop swap cow's milk for almond milk for 30 days. However small or large you want your goals to be is completely personal, but just make them realistic depending on your lifestyle.
Follow some vegetarian or vegan Instagram accounts - There are some fantastic online influencers in the vegan and vegetarian sphere these days. And all of their knowledge and ideas can be found for free on Instagram! We'll start you off with some of our favourite meat free accounts, great for getting some dinner inspiration but also showing how delicious and colourful your meals can be without meat. Check out @bestofvegan, @wastelandrebel,@thebirdfeednyc and @plantifullynourished to get you started!
This Australia Day, we're taking the opportunity to give a little shout out to our incredible local makers. We're insanely lucky to be able to work with these businesses, who are all doing their bit for the planet with their expertise and creativity. Let's give it up for all of our eco-friendly Australian made brands, we couldn't do what we do without you!
This lil' story all started with some lil' bees. Lil' Bit is the brainchild of Liz Harper, who started her very first beehive in Phillip Island and discovered how these tiny little creatures play huge roles in our ecosystems. These days, bees' ever-decreasing populations are a result of nasty chemicals seeping into our environment. So armed with this knowledge and the motivation to help save the animals she loves most, Liz created Lil' Bit, a range of homemade, small-batch cleaning products. Her all-natural collection includes items like room sprays, gardener's soap and disinfectant sprays - all of which are safe for your home and great for the environment.
Hand cut candles, made from old beer bottles? Very cool idea, right? That's exactly what a couple of buddies from Sydney thought all the way back in 2008. They launched their candle and diffuser brand Pigeon and Weasel, which places a focus on creative scents that are a little bit more inspired than your standard candle fragrances. Since we're celebrating Australia today, we think you should definitely check out the Red Frogs candle, a nostalgic throwback to trips to the school canteen.
Natural skincare, that smells good enough to eat! All products from Sydney-based brand Zen Botanics is lovingly handcrafted by founder Annie Lau. She takes everything back to basics with her all natural skincare line that is free of irritants, sulphates and parabens. After spending a long time battling illnesses, not looking after herself and always feeling run down, Annie decided it was time to treat her body better, and thought that other people could benefit from this too. We absolutely love the Pink Clay & Shea Butter Handmade Soap and the Bulgarian Rose Face Mist.
Join the reuse revolution along with leading eco-friendly Australian made brand Frank Green. This company has made huge progress in the war on waste, helping to reduce the number of disposable cups that go into landfill every year. Coffee culture is huge in Australia so it's fantastic that Melbourne-based Frank Green provides an eco-friendly alternative for consumers. The screw top lid makes the cups leakproof and perfect for active lifestyles. There's also a nifty Cafe Pay function that links to your bank account. This means you can scan your cup in a jiffy and be on your way, coffee in hand, in no time!
Treat yourself to some relaxation time and hop in the bath with Mae Laine. This lifestyle brand from the Hunter Valley blends together a combination of natural ingredients such as Australian and Pink Himalayan Rock Salts to create a calming infusion. Their range of bath tea bags comes packaged in a calico bag that's designed for reuse and just like regular tea bags, they can also be composted after being dissolved.
We've had the beer bottles and now comes the wine! Mojo is our in-house candle brand which specialises in handmade soy candles all poured into reclaimed wine bottles. So don't worry if you love a good drop from time to time, your empty bottles can get recycled! The dedicated Mojo team is based in both Sydney and Canberra and meticulously makes each and every candle by hand. If you want to give a unique gift or add a little bit of eco-luxe to your home or office, a Mojo candle is a surefire winner.
Help reduce single-use plastic from damaging our precious oceans, one beeswax wrap at a time! Australian brand Apiwraps handmakes all of their products in a local workshop in East Maitland. Each wrap is produced with GOTS certified organic cotton and local NSW beeswax. The perfect alternative to cling wrap and zip lock bags, you can wrap sandwiches, leftover fruit, vegetables and cheese. They come in a bunch of vibrant prints and will add some colour to your fridge, making meal times much more fun and enjoyable! Apiwraps are available in a bunch of different sizes and can also be purchased in pre-made packs to really kickstart your eco-kitchen journey.
One of the most unique and inspired eco-friendly Australian made brands is Sydney based Time Flies. Have you ever thought that you could transform old watch pieces into beautiful handmade jewellery and accessories? That's exactly what this design duo does, collecting old watches and breathing new life into once discarded objects. This is upcycling at its finest and such a wonderful alternative to cookie-cutter jewellery brands. The perfect gift for that someone special, or a timeless piece that adds some glam to any outfit.
Hoorah for all of these wonderful eco-friendly Australian businesses. We're so proud of what they do and love that all of the products you see on this page are lovingly made in Australia. It's brands like these that make it so fun and easy to shop local.
If you haven't already discovered the luscious Mojo Candle Co range, now's the time to get in on all the hype! Mojo Sweet Tangerine & Island Fruits has just been released by the Sydney brand and it's absolutely delicious. This vibrant and energetic scent has the perfect strength level without being overpowering. It would burn nicely in the living room, bathroom or at the office.
Sweet Tangerine & Island Fruits is the perfect fragrance to make you feel like you're always on holiday, what's not to love about that?! Just imagine lying on a secluded beach, cocktail in hand with aromas of tangerine wafting through the air. The lively citrus notes are balanced perfectly with hints of coconut and musk. A vivacious scent that is refreshingly yummy. We think that it smells just like a delectable summer cocktail. That reminds us, Aperol spritz, anyone?
About Mojo Candle Co.
Mojo Candle Co. was born from a love of luxurious design combined with a passion for the planet. This lifestyle and homewares brand perfectly combines sustainability and style with their upcycled candle collection. You might not even notice at first that each and every candle has been handmade from a reclaimed wine bottle! That's right! Not only will you feel relaxed, you'll also fee great about having a unique candle that does its bit to reduce environmental waste!
It's that time of year again when the kiddies head back to the classrooms. We've got some excellent zero waste school lunch items that will make their 2018 lunches fun, practical and oh so eco-friendly! Check out our top picks for the little ones.
Zero Waste Lunch Boxes
Bamboo Lunch Box - Pineapple
This pineapple print lunch box is a fun and colourful option that will bring some tropical inspiration to school lunches! The main shell is made from eco-friendly bamboo and can be secured with a silicone band to keep the lid snug and in place. It's a fantastic, lightweight option that the kids easily can carry around all day in their school bags.
What's not to love about a cleverly designed lunchbox that packs down perfectly when not in use? Space saving is a great feature of the Joseph Joseph GoEat range and fantastic for making room in already packed school bags. There are three different compartments too, which makes it easy to separate food and keep homemade lunches fresh throughout the day.
We think that food tastes delicious out of a stainless steel container and think that you'd agree! So why not try this rectangular option from U-Konserve which also includes a nifty removable divider which makes it easy to separate food inside. Keep cut fruit away from your sandwich or dedicate one section to a salad and the other to snacks. The possibilities are endless! These rectangular containers are also available with an ocean or sky coloured lid and also fit snugly into a U-Konserve Insulated Lunch Sack.
Pack, stack and eat! This stainless steel lunch box is a great zero waste lunch solution with three different compartments to make school meals nice and easy. The Tuck-a-Stacker includes 2 stackable levels, which can also be used completely separately, plus a bonus oblong "Tiny Tin" container.
The perfect size for younger kids who have smaller school lunches. This little Bento Box is nice and compact but actually holds more than you think! We love that it comes with a handy little divider that lets you separate food, but also includes a fork and sauce pot that's super useful for salad dressings, soy sauce or ketchup.
Zero Waste Cutlery
Joseph Joseph Go Eat Cutlery Set
No need to use flimsy, plastic and disposable cutlery at school anymore! This super handy cutlery set includes a stainless steel knife, fork and spoon - and it all packs up neatly into a convenient silicon holder which makes the set really easy to carry around. It's practical, compact and portable, the perfect way to get the kids saying no to plastic cutlery at the school canteen.
A lightweight cutlery set that has it all! A bamboo spoon, fork, knife and straw - all in one practical and easily transportable calico pouch! Bamboo is a great eco-friendly material that is a safe alternative to plastic utensils that can sometimes expose your little ones to nasty chemicals if they aren't BPA free. So pop this cutlery set inside your kids lunch bags and know that they're treating their bodies well whilst also being kind to the environment.
BPA Free Water Bottles
Corkcicle Canteen Water Bottle 16oz
This stainless steel bottle is fantastic for Australian summer days as it keeps water cold for up to 25 hours! This is excellent if your kids are doing a bit of sport throughout their school days and need to make sure they stay hydrated in the heat. This sized Corkcicle bottle comes in a variety of fun colours, holds 473ml and sits nicely in the hand while roaming around the playground.
Designed to fit perfectly flat alongside books and laptops, the A6 Memobottle is one of the most school lunch friendly bottles out there! We think this size is great because it's nice and compact - it doesn't take up much room inside a school bag and is easy to carry around in your hand. The Memobottle is also available in an A5 size that holds 750ml.
Get the kids learning how important it is to keep hydrated with the Joseph Joseph Dot Water Bottle. This super lightweight drink bottle is designed to keep track of how much water they have throughout the day. Each time the bottle gets refilled and the lid is screwed back on, the dot tracking system will let you know how many bottles of water you've had so far. 1 dot means 1 bottle, 2 dots means 2 bottles and so on! It's a really fun and practical way of getting your kids to drink more water during school days.
It's a new year and you know what that means, right? Resolutions! Yep, we know that you're all thinking about them, even if you don't want to admit it. One of our top resolutions for 2018 is to really commit to going as plastic-free as possible and we think that everyone should jump on board this wagon too! If you haven't already tried these, beeswax wraps are a fantastic, easy, sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to cling wrap. They fill your fridge with fun and happy prints while reducing your impact on our beautiful, struggling oceans. Grab some wraps and make it some of your beeswax to reduce single-use plastic this year!
The Benefits of Beeswax Wraps
1. Made From Safe & Natural Materials
Beeswax wraps are a safe and natural alternative to plastic packaging. They're made from cotton and coated in all natural beeswax that is completely food safe.
2. Can be Reused Over and Over Again
Beeswax wraps will generally last for around 1 year if taken care of properly. It's always a great idea to give them a little refresh every 1-2 months by popping them on a baking tray in the sun for a few hours. This will re-melt the existing beeswax on your wraps and maintain their stickiness over time.
3. Can be Composted
When your beeswax wraps reach the end of their life, never fear, you don't have to just toss them in the bin. You can cut a beeswax wrap up into strips to compost it, or even use it as a fire-starter! How eco-friendly is that?
The Disadvantages of Beeswax Wraps
Of course, we'd love to tell you that this eco-friendly alternative to plastic is completely flawless and doesn't have any cons. But it's important that we try to outline the disadvantages of beeswax wraps too. (To be completely honest though, we think these are pretty minor compared to all the advantages!)
1. The Price Tag
It's an investment stocking up on a bunch of these, especially compared to cling wrap and snap lock bags. Beeswax wraps are definitely not the cheaper alternative but when you think about how many times you can reuse these over several months, even more than a year, the cost per use often works out cheaper than their plastic counterparts.
2. The Maintenance
Plastic cling wrap is super low maintenance and can be thrown out after each use. Beeswax wraps, however, require a little bit more care. You'll need to wipe down your wraps with warm soapy water to clean them. Even lay them out in the sun on a baking tray to maintain the stickiness of the beeswax over time. We often just pop things in the bin after one use these days that this whole maintenance process does take a tiny bit of getting used to.
3. What's inside?
A downside is that you can't see what's inside each beeswax wrap like cling wrap or snap lock bags. Unless you have an incredible photographic memory, you'll have to open up each wrap to check what's inside. This doesn't cause too many problems if you usually only have a few items packed up in the fridge. But the more leftovers you have, the more difficult it might be to remember what food you're actually storing.
4. Not Suitable for all Types of Food
Beeswax wraps aren't ideal for wrapping things like raw meat, fish or wet food items like watermelon. However you can always pop these things in a bowl and cover with a beeswax wrap, which grips nicely and keeps your food sealed tightly.
What Size Wrap Should I Choose?
At Upcycle Studio we stock Apiwraps, which are lovingly handmade in Australia. These come in a great range of different sizes to suit all sorts of food storage needs.
Perfect for little bits and bobs like lemons, limes and small blocks of cheese.
The medium wraps are great for pieces of fruit like oranges, tomatoes and avocados. You can also use this size to store small blocks of cheese or pop over a small bowl to keep last night's leftovers fresh in the fridge.