If you didn’t read my Confession Time post recently, you may not know that I have become more interested in opting for more zero waste options. I am planning a lot of posts in this in the future, and this is hopefully the first of many!
For a while now I have been dabbling in the idea of zero waste and more natural options for a few years now, but it’s only been in the last three months that I’ve really begun proper research. One of the easiest ways to get information is checking out a shop that sells products that assist this lifestyle. So when Biome got in touch to invite me into their store I jumped at the chance!
After a general nosy around the store (I was like a kid in a candy store!) I picked out a few key items that I was interested in trying out. A quick disclaimer – the Biome team were kind enough to give me a voucher to purchase some items. However, I bought more things here than the voucher’s amount and all items were chosen by me!
First up, the Onya Reusable Produce Bags (RRP $15.95 Set of 5) were a must buy for me. I have always felt guilty for the amount of plastic produce bags I’ve accumulated just with shopping. Even though some of these I reuse in other ways, they ultimately end up in landfill and these are a much better option. I chose a purple pouch for them to come in, and they have a handy mini carabiner, so you can keep them clipped to your favourite reusable shopping bags. Each produce bag is netted and weighs pretty much nothing (so you don’t get charged for it on the scales at the store) and is made out of recycled plastic bottles! Each bag can carry about two kgs of produce inside, and has a draw string to keep everything from falling out! I’ve done one shopping trip with these and they were absolutely perfect to use. So happy with this purchase, and will never need a freezer bag again!
Next, the Ever Eco Nut Milk Bag (RRP $16.95) has been on my wish list for some time now. Nut milk bags are not just for making plant milks from nuts, but also other plant milks (like oat), making vegan cheeses and even sprouting! I am super excited to give this a try, to the point where I am a bit overwhelmed as to what I should try first!
The Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Liquid Soap – Peppermint (RRP $12.95 – 237mL) is one of the cult favourites that I have heard a lot about as well. With Fair Trade, Certified Organic ingredients, and over 18 uses for just one product, I had to pick it up to try. I’ve been using this a few ways around the house and in the shower, so I can see Dr Bronner featuring in my repurchase list in the future!
Some Heirloom Seeds Viola Johnny Jump Up (RRP $4.95) seeds were an impulse purchase, but how cute are these edible flowers! These guys are great for encouraging pollinators into your garden and I plan on adding some of these to some future smoothie bowls…if they grow successfully!
Next up, the That Red House Organic Soap Berries (RRP $25.95 – 500g) was another item that has been on my wish list. Soap berries are a natural alternative to laundry detergents. I am currently using up my current laundry detergent but keen to give these a go and see how they work!
I checked out the DIY Beauty Bar instore as well, and was so excited to see so many options for natural beauty that you can make at home! You can either bring your own containers to fill up with bits and pieces, or opt for the glass jars pre-filled with different goodies. I opted for Shea Butter (RRP $7.95), White Kaolin Clay (RRP $5.95) and Dried Rose Petals (RRP $5.95). All of these are certified organic, and I can’t wait to make some DIY goodies for you. Let me know if you want anything in particular in the comments below!
You might not be able to see it in the photo, but underneath my three jars of DIY skincare stuff is a Glass Straw (RRP $9.95). I’ve been using stainless steel straws for some time now, and decided to add this baby to my collection as well. The amount of plastic straws that end up in landfill (they are not recyclable) is insane. So having a cheeky straw in your bag and letting the takeaway store/pub/bar know that you’ve brought your own straw means you can make a difference! It spreads awareness too, so don’t feel embarrassed about it! Plus they look badass.
Lastly, I couldn’t leave without picking up a Coconut Shell Bowl (RRP $12.95) and Coconut Palm Spoon (RRP $7.95), which I think should come in some kind of vegan starter pack. It’s the perfect breakfast size for an acai bowl, completely sustainably made and they are cute to boot!
I also had a quick chat to the ladies at Biome Store in Balmoral while I was in there, and wanted to share some cool tidbits of information!
The top selling product of all at Biome Stores is the Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste (RRP $18.50) which is a product I love too (you can read about some vegan and natural deodorants I’ve tried here).
The girls also mentioned that after the recent Plastic Free July and the War on Waste ABC series, there were way more first time visitors to the Biome stores. They even completely sold out of Keep Cups, which is so exciting for the movement!
I also quizzed them on their Top 5 picks for beginner zero waste essentials, and here are the results!
- Keep Cup – I have this one!
- Water Bottle – I have one similar to this
- Produce Bags – I just bought these
- Glass/Metal Straw – My Glass Straw – and don’t forget to buy a cleaner too!
- Cutlery – I haven’t bought reusable cutlery yet, but I have my eye on this set!
Are you curious about opting for Zero Waste options?