Best Sellers - February
It can often be very difficult to figure out what changes we can make to reduce our household waste. We have done things one particular way for so long that we've forgotten that there was once a time when the tools that we now use didn't exist and we can't imagine life without them.
In this blog post we are going to round-up our best selling products for the month which we hope will provide you with some zero waste inspiration along with more insight into the products themselves and why we have chosen them. Click on the photos for further information and if you've got any questions let us know in the comments below.
1 - Stainless Steel Clothes Pegs.
For the third month in a row, Bento Ninja's stainless steel clothes pegs are sitting in the top five.
Traditional plastic clothes pegs don't hold up to our harsh UV rays, in time they become brittle, snap, break and blow into storm drains where they find their way into rivers and out to sea.
Switching to stainless steel the next time your pegs need replacing will mean that you will no longer have to buy new pegs every year which is better for our environment and your pocket.
Bento Ninja is a family run business based in Lincoln (20km south of Christchurch) and founded by Noriyo Epps when she grew tired of her two boys coming home from school with broken plastic lunch boxes.
Noriyo is very passionate about our environment and has lived up to the Bento Ninja name by expanding the plastic free range to become the first stainless steel clothes peg brand in New Zealand and has added items like chopsticks, sporks and plates. Noriyo continues to grow the Bento Ninja range and we are very excited to see what comes next!
2 - Handcrafted Vegan Soap.
Another gorgeous product that has been in the top five for three months in a row.
Shower gels in plastic bottles once almost wiped out the need for soap but it's making a strong comeback and knocking plastic bottles off shelves and into recycling bins once and for all.
A feast for your senses, Panna Soaps offer an aromatherapy experience like no other. We have tried lots of soaps and found them either too drying, full of fillers and preservatives or ingredients that strip the natural oils from your skin and scalp.
Panna soaps are handmade by Anna here in Christchurch. Anna has put a lot of time and research into her soaps which have been thoughtfully created using ingredients that offer benefits for your skin, hair, mood and energy levels.
If you like liquorice then you definitely need to get a whiff of the Star Anise bar, it smells good enough to eat! Coffee is very popular and Green Clay has the minty freshness that provides a perfect wake-me-up shower on sleepy mornings.
Pro tip: Cut your bar in half (or even thirds) and keep the soap you're not using dry / out of the shower or bath, this will extend the life of your soap.
We love the fact that the entire Panna range can be used to wash not just your skin but your hair too, leaving it feeling soft, clean, healthy and smelling divine!
3 - Beeswax Food Wraps.
These little gems pop in and out of our bestselling list regularly.
Plastic food wrap is not recyclable and could potentially contain toxins that could be absorbed by your food and as a result negatively impact your health.
Since their launch in 2013, HoneyWrap have saved 11 million metres of cling film / glad wrap from ending up in our landfills or the ocean.
Handmade in New Zealand by Tara, Jo and Amy who are passionate about protecting our oceans and the planet. The wraps are made from certified organic cotton (no nasties near your food!) and feature gorgeous designs by local New Zealand artists.
These wraps can be used to wrap sandwiches and snacks or to cover bowls, plates and serving dishes. Use the heat from your hands to warm the wrap which will create a seal to lock in that freshness.
Pro tip: these wraps are also great at opening impossible-to-open glass jars!
We love that HoneyWrap often collaborate with charities like Project Jonah and Sustainable Coastlines by giving 50c from from the sale of each wrap to support the amazing work that these charities do.
4 - Solid Shampoo.
Another naturally gorgeous product that frequents our best selling list.
Reduce the number of plastic shampoo bottles you use each year by using a natural, solid, sweet smelling alternative.
With scents like Orange & Mango, Banana & Raspberry and Clay & Orchids the Lanies range of solid shampoo bars smell simply divine! Washing your hair with these beauties will make you smell and feel like you're on holiday.
Washing your hair with solid shampoo couldn't be easier, simply wet your hair and glide the bar down the length of your hair 3 or 4 times until enough shampoo has been deposited to form a lather. Wash as normal and rinse. There is no need to wash a second time like some plastic bottle brands recommend. Follow with the delicious Lanies solid conditioner bar if desired. For extra shine and luscious locks pour on some diluted Apple Cider Vinegar before your final rinse.
Pro tip: keep your shampoo bar out of the direct flow of water and dry between uses to get the most out of your bar.
Created by beekeeper Sarah, who handmakes the entire Lanies range herself and is dedicated to making small batches from her own spray-free herbs, beeswax and honey. No unnecessary nasties, ingredients or packaging. The shampoo bars are free from Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfate, Parabens, Phthalates and Preservatives, and are Palm oil and Tallow free. Tested on family and friends, never animals.
Shampoo bar refills are now available allowing you to reuse your tin, time and time again.
5 - Bamboo Toothbrush
Back in the top five after a temporary absence, more and more people are choosing to swap excessive amounts of plastic for bamboo.
Why? Because bamboo is a completely natural product that is compostable, unlike plastic. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, is naturally organic and needs half as much water as regular trees.
When you're done with your toothbrush you can use a tweezers or pliers to pull out the nylon bristles which are recyclable and you can pop the handle in your compost heap or use it as a paint stirrer, marker in the garden / pot plants or to provide scaffolding for young seedlings. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Designed by Go Bamboo in Gisborne, New Zealand who supply some of our other bamboo products including clothes pegs, cotton buds and vegetable scrubbers.
So there we have it, our top five best selling products for February.
What is your favourite sustainable product at the moment? Have you got a pro tip that you would love to share or is there something that you are currently using that you would like to change for a more sustainable alternative? We would love to hear your thoughts, questions and ideas, let us know in the comments below.