Step up your sustainability with six fantastic materials: coconut, hemp, bamboo, beeswax, linen and straw! These materials are commonly used for everyday products and can be produced without expending non-renewable resources. We love the following products because they are natural, renewable, require less energy to extract and/or are carbon neutral.
We are coconuts for coconuts! Coconut is a sustainable material as it is fully biodegradable. Herbicides or pesticides are not commonly required for coconut farms. It is a terrific alternative to wood and helps prevent deforestation. Coconut production is CO2 neutral and they are harvested by hand, minimizing tractor usage.
The riveting process of opening up and eating your own coconut is joyful: make your way through the husk, shell, flesh and finally indulge in drinking the water. The water is filled with electrolytes, making it refreshing and healthy!
Bamboo is a crop that has many advantages over conventional crop cultivation: it can self-regenerate, grows quickly and does not require fertilizer. The eco-friendliness in bamboo products lies in the fact that they haven’t been chemically processed, possess antibacterial properties, and that they are naturally pest resistant and 100% biodegradable.
Choosing to purchase one reusable coffee mug can help you save money (some coffee shops offer discounts when you bring your own cup) and reduce your individual environmental impact on the landfills.
Hemp as a textile is long-lasting, durable and extremely versatile. Hemp fabric ages like a fine wine; it gets better, softer and improves over time as you wear it. It is UV resistant and breathable, and requires 50% less water to grow crops during a season compared to conventional cotton. Hemp can meet our fundamental needs: as food (as a plant that contains all the necessary amino acids and essential fatty acids needed for bodily functions), shelter (used to make hempcrete, fibreboard and fibreglass), clothes (beautiful garments, textiles and rope) and energy (it can be used as fuel, and is used in food and personal care products).
Beeswax requires no energy to be produced, as it is extracted as a bi-product from the beehive along with honey. Sustainable beekeeping contributes to flourishing meadows, and the process of harvesting beeswax and honey has minimal impact on the environment.
Linen is grown using the flax plant, which requires a fraction of water and very little (if any) fertilizer. Good quality linen can be up to three times more durable than cotton, which means you will need to replace a linen garment fewer times.
Straw acts as a bi-product of the agricultural industry and is used for construction, upholstery, basketry and animal feed. As an organic and cheap material, it is carbon neutral if it is grown back once is has been burned. Straw bales act as a protector against the elements in building construction with their fantastic insulative properties.