For many of us shopping for clothes and underwear is all about ensuring it looks good, it fits well and it’s at least kind of comfortable. If it’s in our budget then we have a definite winner.

But what if there were more to consider? What if we as consumers had a significant impact on our environment, our community and the health of our own bodies. In fact, we do, each and every purchase decision we make has a significant impact on all of the above. The more things we buy the higher our impact. However, in today’s busy society we often don’t think about our impact and instead we might delegate the responsibility to the government, to the businesses to the community groups or anyone other than ourselves.

Today, just for a moment let’s look at one of these things, what happens to the things we buy when we throw them out. The average consumer produces 1.5+ tonnes of waste per year. In physical terms that’s bedrooms worth of waste, from just one person!

Much of this waste is avoidable and often is plastics, things that actually don’t break down in a landfill, at the very best it will break into smaller pieces which is then transported to other areas like the centre of the ocean where we now have many plastic bag islands, killing off so much of native wildlife, fish and animals.

Are you contributing to the plastic islands in the ocean? You & Bamboo

Are you contributing to the plastic islands in the ocean?

Some plastics are the obverse i.e. glad wrap, plastic wrapping, but have you consider that clothes can be a form of plastic also? Polyesters and other synthetic blended fabric blends are often made of plastic or similar, most of which don’t break down in a landfill. What would your bedroom of waste look like?

The war on waste, what we are responsible for producing, by Greenpeace

The war on waste, what we are responsible for producing, by Greenpeace

With that in mind, we really should be considering what we buy and where we buy it from. What will happen to our products once we throw them out!

This is why we pride ourselves on sourcing products that are biodegradable. We also try preventing packaging wherever possible and simply don’t use plastic bags in any of our sales processes. As consumers, we do have the power to make a positive impact, by simply seeking a little bit of information about what our products are made of, where possible by-products that are plastic free and as naturally derived as you can. This is one of the reasons why we believe bamboo is better.

Want to learn more about where your stuff comes from, where it goes to and what else you should really know?! Watch the story of stuff below or check out their website; The Story of Stuff, there is some really cool stuff to explore on here!