What footprints are you leaving behind?

What footprints are you leaving behind?

5 Top tips for reducing your baby and child’s clothing consumption.

You don’t have to be a hippy to care about the planet and just because you’re a mum doesn’t mean your bubs tiny footprint needs to leave behind a huge carbon footprint for them to grow up into. You can help the planet from just considering what clothing your buying for your bub.
Ask yourself these questions when buying clothing for your children.
1.    Is it made from good quality fabrics like bamboo that can last as hand me downs to future children or can be passed on?
2.    How many wears will they get out of it before it’s too small? Could you buy a size or two bigger to get the most wears out of it?
3.    Will it match with other items in the wardrobe? This also helps for more clothing combinations which = less waste
How many items in your baby or child really able to wear in a week? Do you need heaps and heaps of options? Or are you better with practical items you wear and leave out the rest? How can you adjust your buying habits?
It’s best to have a capsule wardrobe. For example, for a little girl in summer – 3 pairs of shorts, two skirts, five tops that match with all bottoms for best combinations, three pairs of shoes (sneakers, sandals, dress shoes), and for winter you could add pants, tights and jumpers.  Having a capsule wardrobe can reduce the need for excessive clothing consumption and save you money every season.
4.    Do you have a friend with a child younger or older than yours? Could you share the clothes or receive hand-me-downs? This same concept applies to all things really, consider your kid’s toys and many other baby accessories.
5.    Don’t forget to on-sell your items or keep them in storage for the next child.
We would love to hear any other tips you might have for reducing your child’s clothing consumption in the comments. Want to start being better on the environment? Explores some of our bamboo baby products!
A huge thanks to Angela Mulvay for contributing her thoughts here!

The Future of Sustainable Fashion

Most people don’t realise that they can change the world by just changing the clothes you wear. So, what is ‘Sustainable fashion’ you may ask? Sustainable fashion also called eco fashion is a combination thing like fair work conditions, to the dyes you use in clothes, to the fabric the item is made out of and where it’s made (carbon footprint).

These products are classed as sustainable because they use less water to produce eco-fabrics like bamboo and hemp etc. Reducing pesticides being used and by getting items made in sustainable fashion factories where the pay rate and working environment is clean and fair can make all the difference.

By simply buying or changing to using sustainable fabrics, for example, bamboo. You are not only reducing your carbon footprint immensely, but you can take a step into reducing your wardrobe waste. Feel better about the clothing your wearing because you’re making a difference in the world.

Here are some tips for a future living with sustainable fashion.

1. Donate any unwanted clothing to charity so it can be re-used and doesn’t end up in a landfill.

2. Reduce your wardrobe waste by creating a capsule wardrobe and only buying things that you will wear. A capsule wardrobe is formed by just buying tops and bottoms that go with other items in your wardrobe, creating less waste and more wardrobe outfit combinations. According to whowhatwear.com.au, It is estimated that on average people only wear 20% of their wardrobes.

3. By just changing your wardrobe items to basic bamboo underwear, bamboo clothing, you can reduce your carbon footprint dramatically. Sticking to only the required basics and doing them in bamboo will reduce the need to produce cotton or other synthetic clothing products that have a significantly negative impact on the environment.

According to many studies, bamboo is an amazingly sustainable fabric, because bamboo uses no pesticides to grow it, it is classed as a weed because it produces so quickly. It is naturally anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic and anti-static. Most non-sustainable products that claim to be ‘anti’ something use pesticides or chemicals to get it that way. But not bamboo, it is naturally an eco-product without trying too hard. Amazing. Consider reusable bamboo nappies for your babies and your positive impact on the environment will continue to improve!

4. Sustainable fashion doesn’t just stop at just fabrics, it can be the shoes you wear, to the hat on your head or even the toothbrush in your mouth. Look around your home and decide to make the change, the planet with thank you later. Don’t forget to donate these items where you can to reduce landfill.

We hope these simple tips can help you get started on a better future with sustainable fashion. Let’s help the planet one sock at a time.

Danielle Duncan

Founder

You & Bamboo

 

Which underwear should women wear?

Which underwear should women wear?

Many doctors and health professionals recommend that, for women, wearing underwear is better for you than not wearing any underwear.

We believe that the underwear you choose is essential when you consider that it comes in direct contact with one of the most intimate parts of our body. As women, we need to be aware of how our choice of underwear can affect and increase the risk of infection and bacteria.

For example, when you’re exercising, the “healthiest” panty is made from a moisture-wicking material and gives you full coverage.

Practitioners suggest 30% of women currently suffer from yeast infections such as thrush in the underwear area. 70-75% of women will experience thrush at least once throughout their lifetime. Could this be the result of the underwear we are choosing?

Regarding fabric, some undies are made predominately of synthetics such as polyester, have limited to no breathability and quickly create moisture build up, which can lead yeast infections.

We also need to consider the fit and style. Some underwear designs ride and move around in places that create irritation and run the risk of creating rashes and spreading infections.

The healthiest panty should be made from a moisture-wicking material (a material that pulls the moisture aware from your skin). Many scientists suggest that 60% or more of what we place on our the surface of our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. If this is the case perhaps we should also be considering the chemical composition of the fabric in our underwear! The more natural, the better!

An ideal choice of underwear is one that is made from a natural or organic material that enables your skin to breathe such as organic bamboo underwear or organic cotton.

Want to learn more? Explore some of these excellent articles on your underwear!

https://www.livestrong.com/article/1000594-kinds-panties-healthy-women/
https://womhealth.org.au/conditions-and-treatments/thrush-and-other-vaginal-infections-fact-sheet
https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/vaginitis/conditioninfo/risk

Bamboo is a better buy! 100% biodegradable…

Bamboo is a better buy! 100% biodegradable…

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!

The choices we make, have an impact.

The choices we make, have an impact.

We would like to inspire you by building your awareness.

If you have awareness, you are empowered with a choice. Each and every choice you make has the ability to make a positive difference on our environment, our community and your life!

What if you were to consider and think about the things you buy before you buy them?

Where do they come from? What will you do with them once you’ve finished with them?

At You & Bamboo we try to source and produce products in the most sustainable ways available, we consider everything from the packaging that the product is made of and what will happen to it when it is disposed, will it go into landfill and contribute to the waste issue, or can it be reused, recycled or composted?

You might not realise the impact that a single product choice has… But what if you were to consider your toothbrush.

Over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of by Australians each year, amounting to approximately 1000 tonnes of landfill each year. That’s Equivalent to 567 Sydney Harbour Bridges being buried every year in toothbrushes!

You have a responsibility to yourself, your environment and your local community. Each and every purchase decision you make has an impact on you and your environment.

Be a conscious consumer and buy products that have a better impact on the environment!

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The benefits of yoga?

The benefits of yoga?

Our friends often ask us why we love doing yoga and quite simply, we couldn’t imagine our lives without it now. In a culture where life is fast paced and always on the go, it is a chance to stop, connect with the mind and body, relax and assist ourselves to be present.

The benefits of yoga are long lasting. Research around yoga suggests it can help alleviate stress, fatigue, assist with better digestion and so much more. It has also been said that it helps improve the minds function to deal with learning – allowing us to retain information more easily, helps reduce depression and anxiety in some people and gives a sense of calm.

Often our friends say to us that they feel they are not flexible enough to join a yoga class but it is much more than that. It is not being able to achieve the perfect position but being comfortable enough to attempt and modify the pose as needed, that suits your body. Being present to who we are now as a being without fear or judgement to grow is far more important.

Once you commence, the benefits of yoga will become more obvious. Your mind and body will start to change, offering a sense of empowerment and self realisation so it is important to listen to your inner self. The practice of yoga is not just about the brain or body or achieving a level of happiness but it aims to be much more. It connects you with yourself, your spiritual being and offers kindness in the way of self compassion and compassion for others.

What do you love about yoga? What are some of the benefits of yoga that you have found?

What makes a eco consumer?

What makes a eco consumer?

How much are you willing to pay as an environmentally conscious consumer? Neilsen recently conducted a study asking consumers if they would prefer to buy products and services from companies that implement programs that give back to society. In addition participants were also asked if they would be willing to pay more for extra those services… are you?

For the purposed of the study Neilsen labels the socially-conscious consumer someone who ‘is willing to pay extra’. Interestingly, the study that 63% of participants found to be socially-conscious consumers are in fact under the age of 40 and 66% of all surveyed identified environmental sustainability as a cause for companies should support.

I personally find these two finding as encouraging, a confirmation that the younger generation are becoming more aware and concerned with the environment and our personal impact on it. Being from the younger generation myself, I often find myself disheartened at the thoughtless consumer actions of those around me. My personal observations lead me to conclude that this is caused by naivety more than anything else.

Unless you go looking for a environmentally conscious ‘green’ magazine or blog, the documentary on global warming or witness evidence of the global warming media debate, there is often not much given on what it actually means to make sustainable consumer choices.

It’s almost as though the media unless your referencing the rare environmentally conscious magazines like Byron Bay’s Echo, the media avoids the topic entirely. For example we are encouraged to stop using plastic bags, but so many people I have asked aren’t really clear on why this is so important, they didn’t weren’t aware that when placed in landfill plastic bags can take over a hundreds of years to degrade, many had never thought either of what this means for all the plastic bags we have been consuming over the last twenty or so years… they are still there sitting in landfill.

Another interesting finding of this study is that 95% of conscious consumers will trust recommendations from people they know, again it is confirmed that word of mouth is one of the best marketing methods. Perhaps we are the markers of our own future, we need to bring it to the attention of our own media, perhaps it is our responsibility now…

What are you putting on your skin?

What are you putting on your skin?

Scientist’s claim 60% of what is put on the skin is absorbed into the body’

So many of us think about what we put into our bodies when we eat,  but have you ever thought about what you put on your skin? The Ibis world report 2012 states that the skincare industry in Australia has had an annual growth for the last financial year of 1.9%, one of the only industries unlike retail itself in which experienced a market decline of -0.7%. But my question is how many of you actually think about the ingredients within the skincare products you use?

Unfortunately, unlike food in Australia, retailers do not have to heavily brand their products if they contain harmful substances, which so many of them do. The other disappointing element of Australia’s skin care industry is that so many brands now label themselves as ‘natural’, ‘eco’ or ‘green’ and yet they are still full of harmful chemicals like parabens.

Take Parabens for example, they are an extremely common chemical family primarily used in skincare, haircare and many pharmaceutical produced, because they are a cost effective preservative. However, it is these parabens they have been found in extremely low concentrations in breast cancer tumors. Parabens have also displayed the ability to slightly mimic estrogen, a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer (Wikipedia 2012). Parabens are also claimed to be the cause or stimulus for many individuals who suffer from dermatitis.

So many of us now consciously choose not to eat, preservative, chemical based foods, as we just know these ingredients are not good for us. What I now ask is why not think about the other things you place into your bodies. It is claimed that 60% of what you place on your skin is absorbed into the blood stream, this is where the chemical’s of you food end up and this is how they are pumped around the body and end up causing harm.

Be aware of some of the most harmful chemicals now found in skincare products.

1) Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben
Some combination of these synthetic ingredients are in almost every skin and hair product made today, apart from those that are certified organic. These chemicals are widely known to be highly toxic, but are extremely cheap and effective in preserving the skincare product.

 

2) Propylene Glycol is a Petroleum by-product is a synthetic ingredient used as a humectant (to increase skin hydration and product absorption into the skin. This same product is also used as an industrial anti-freeze to de-ice airplanes! This toxic ingredient causes many allergic reactions. Research data states that through skin contact it can cause “liver abnormalities and kidney damage.”

3) DMDM Hydantoin – Yet another preservative, a Petro-chemical used as an anti-freeze in cars. Studies have found that use of this product within skincare will enviably increase the risk of cosmetic dermatitis.

4) Sodium Laurel Sulfate a highly toxic synthetic substance (used for foaming abilities) found to cause urinary tract, bladder and kidney infections, genital disorders, eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic reactions.

5) Synthetic Colors – Labeled as FD&C or D&C often standing for Doctrine or Covents, followed by a color number such as FD&C Red 6. These highly toxic substances are usually coal-tar based and have been linked as cancer causing agents.

6) Synthetic Fragrances – Most Products will simply say “Fragrance” which means any combination of the cheapest 200 synthetic, toxic ingredients the company can find. Causes headaches, dizziness, rashes, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritations etc.

7) Triethanolamine (TEA)/Diethanolamine (DEA) – Used to adjust the pH balance, but toxic and causes eye problems, and dryness of skin and hair. DEA has been linked with kidney, liver and other organ damage according to several government-funded researches. One study found that the topical application of DEA in rodents resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord. Even more disturbing was that several animals died before the study ended. Approximately 200 million pounds of DEA are produced annually in the U.S., most of which goes into personal care products.

8) Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea – Used as a preservative, but a primary cause of contact dermatitis. You might see these toxic chemicals under the names Germall II and Germall 115, which release formaldehyde at just over 10°.

9) Behentrimonium Chloride – Toxic ammonia compound. Ingestion can be fatal. Concentrations as low as 0.1% can be irritating to the eyes and cause necrosis (tissue death) of mucus membranes.

10) Titanium, Zirconium, Benzalkonium, Bismuth, Antimony (*1), Barium (*2), Aluminum, Tin, Chromium, Benzene & PCBs. –According to Dr. Hulda Reghi Clark, all of these ingredients are extremely dangerous. *1 – Breast cancer cases show Titanium, Zirconium, Benzalkonium, Bismuth, Antimony, and Aluminum accumulation in the breast. *2 -Barium is described in the Merck Index as a “caution”. ALL water or acid soluble Barium is POISONOUS! 10ed. P.139, 1983.

 

References

http://www.organichealthandbeauty.com/10-Most-Common-Chemicals_ep_55-1.html

http://www.ibisworld.com.au/industry/default.aspx?indid=1879

Halcyon House at Cabarita Beach NSW

Halcyon House at Cabarita Beach NSW

For a unique escape like no other in Northern NSW, you cannot go past Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach. Just a short drive from the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, Halcyon House is the tucked just back by the ocean, resting peacefully amongst its stunning manicured gardens as your head into Cabarita.

Halcyon House is the perfect getaway couples, families or corporates. Each of their rooms have been personally styled so you are sure to find something unique at every turn. Arrive early afternoon and head to Paper Daisy – Halcyon House’s gorgeous restaurant for a welcoming Aperol Spritz – their signature cocktail and take in the sun while lazing by the pool. If the ocean is your thing, drop those bags and head down to Cabarita Beach for an afternoon walk along the sand. You cannot go past the spectacular sunsets over the water’s edge!

After a spectacularly restful nights sleep, get up early and enjoy the many activities in and around the area like yoga, surfing or just take a leisurely stroll into Cabarita itself and browse the many shops along the strip – not forgetting to come and say hi to us at You and Bamboo – Y&B Co for an organic treat and morning coffee!
If you are heading to Northern NSW, Halcyon House at Cabarita Beach will be the perfect choice. Take a look at their website and their gallery – you know you want to!

The Benefits of Bamboo Clothing

The Benefits of Bamboo Clothing

Western societies are just starting to realise the benefits of bamboo clothing from its anti bacterial and anti fungal qualities which assists those with sensitive skin, making bamboo the perfect choice for socks, underwear, T-shirts, singlets and even babies clothing. It won’t irritate the skin, is super soft and a pleasure to wear. Bamboo is a highly versatile and sustainable material that can be used in manufacturing and construction, food and now all the way through to clothing.

Bamboo itself can grow up to a metre a day, does not need much water to grow and can be done with the use of very few pesticides as bamboo is naturally pest resistant. Bamboo sequesters more carbon than trees from the atmosphere making it a much more sustainable to grow than cotton.

Bamboo’s very unique anti-bacterial nature is an antimicrobial bio-agent called bamboo kun which is found naturally in the fibre. This kun makes bamboo a naturally antibacterial, anti fungal and odour resistant fibre which makes it a great choice for all the family. Bamboo hypoallergenic, is breathable and thermo regulating allowing you to keep the perfect temperature throughout the seasons.

Bamboo is completely natural and is biodegradable which when compared to plastic, will damage our eco systems, making it by far the better choice. As it is a natural fibre, it will break down naturally with ease.

Once you experience the luxurious texture of bamboo fibres against your skin on a daily basis, you will realise the benefits of bamboo clothing for the whole family

You and Bamboo – Y&B Co stocks and creates a wide range of mens and womens underwear, socks, singlets and accessories including technology items like USB sticks, earrings, scarfs and more.

Our philosophy is simple, be kind the earth and the earth will be kind to us.

Take a look at our bamboo clothing here online or visit us at our Cabarita Beach store in Northern NSW.

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