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FREE ECO GIFT
To celebrate the launch of our new ECO range, any order which includes at least one ECO @ AQ item (any item which has the word 'Eco' in the title) will receive a free Eco-themed pen. (One free gift per order, while stocks last).
ECO @ AQ: RECYCLE * REUSE * RETHINK
THE PERILS OF PLASTIC
Nobody can deny that plastic is convenient and handy, however - as we all know - plastic is forever. It's said that only 5% of plastic items / packaging actually ends up being recycled, which is a staggering figure when you consider how much is being used throughout the world. Unrecycled plastic typically ends up in landfill where it will not degrade even after hundreds of years, or in the waterways or seas where it ends up undigested in the stomachs of bird and aquatic life, often contributing to their death. According to the CSIRO, in 1960 plastic was found in the stomachs of less than 5% of seabirds; by 2010 this had risen to 80%. By 2050 they predict that 99% of the world’s seabird species will be accidentally eating plastic. We've all heard the stats in the news, and we've seen the photos of the contents of dead seabird's stomachs: and they're horrific. The amount of accumulating non-biodegradable waste from 'convenient' everyday items such as disposable plastic straws, coffee lids, cutlery, plastic bags and packaging is simply not sustainable. There could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by the year 2050.
"Seabirds are excellent indicators of ecosystem health. The high estimates of plastic in seabirds we found were not so surprising, considering that members of our research team have previously found nearly 200 pieces of plastic in a single seabird. These items include a wide range of things most of us would recognise: bags, bottle caps, bits of balloons, cigarette lighters, even toothbrushes and plastic toys." - CSIRO 2016
SO WHAT CAN I DO?
Plastic is designed to be sturdy, so why do we continue to produce and discard these single-use plastic items? Most of us recognise that it's no longer good enough to believe it's ok to continue to do so: it's time to start making a difference.
And the good news is, it's not difficult and it's not expensive.
ECO @ Aroma Queen is all about trying to find simple, sustainable and budget-friendly solutions for single-use plastics and other environmentally unsound products.
The majority of single-use plastic items can easily be replaced by re-usable items. You can use a stainless steel straw instead of a plastic one - it will last indefinitely with the minimum of care. Or take your own portable cutlery set instead of saying 'yes' to the disposable fork at your local takeaway. It might mean a RETHINK to remember to take them with you, or to say 'no' instead of automatically taking the straw that's handed to you, but in the same way that many of us have now become used to taking our own reusable shopping bags when we purchase our weekly groceries, it's easy enough to get into new habits with just a little forethought.
RECYCLE AND RE-USE
Whether you're looking at products made from recycled materials, or at creating a long-term plan for re-using an item over and over instead of throwing it away after a single use, there's plenty of ways we can make a change for the better. So many commercial products are designed for 'convenience' rather than sustainability. Many are packaged with excessive plastic packaging; others are made from throw-away plastic and are intended be only used once, or to be thrown away after a short life of use. Many eco-friendly alternatives are now available made from long-lasting silicone, or new plastic-like materials made from wheatstraw or bamboo fibre - as you can re-use these items over and over you'll save on the amount of plastic and wastage your household contributes back to the earth.
Living sustainably is now a mainstream concept rather than a fringe 'hippie' idea, and it doesn't mean changing your lifestyle completely. Sometimes it's just a matter of looking around you and noticing the items you purchase, and throw away.
* Maybe you could find a longer-lasting alternative instead of disposing of something every time you use it.
* Is it individually packaged into small portions, with a lot of wastage? Perhaps you could buy in bulk, and decant into smaller re-usable bottles or packages for day to day use.
* Is it made from plastic which isn't degradable? There might be an eco version available, which will eventually degrade after you've finished using it.
It's amazing how simple little changes can make a huge difference in the impact we each make on the planet - and they don't have to be complicated, expensive or difficult to live with. Often they can even help save money as purchasing re-usable products means you're actually buying less.
By RE-THINKING, and moving away from single-use and towards items that are used over and over you can easily avoid surrounding yourself with disposable items. Try keeping a 'take-away kit' handy, with your own set of cutlery and straw, or a re-useable cup for your favourite barista-made coffee; or a 'shopping set' of reusable produce bags to save you grabbing a strip of throw away plastic bags in the veg section.
As soon as you start re-thinking how you approach plastics, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to make a difference. And if everybody started re-thinking, our world could be a very different place.
ECO @ AQ is about simple ideas to easily change our habits to enable us to be more environmentally friendly in our day to day life. We've separated our items into categories that cover the household and kitchen (re-useable cutlery items, silicone food covers and more), eco items for children and infants (silicone ice block moulds, organic beech wood baby teethers), stationary for the office (recycled pens and pencils, re-usable travel and coffee cups), and items used for personal care or in the bathroom (covering everything from natural bristle brushes and bamboo toothbrushes to silicone menstrual cups). Browse our ALL ECO products to see all of our Eco offerings in the one section - there's a lot more to ECO @ AQ than replacing the common plastic bag!
AQ: WORKING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
At Aroma Queen we've always tried to use as environmentally sound methods as possible, but we're working hard on introducing even more ways for us to make less impact on the environment. This includes moving to biodegradable paper packaging wherever possible, and making arrangements with other local businesses for us to recycle their packaging materials which would otherwise be thrown out - which is why you'll often receive recycled cardboard boxes or clean packing beans when you order from us. We're also introducing more bulk sized options which will enable you to buy a bigger pack or bottle of many of our products, to decant into a smaller re-usable container for daily use and save wastage on smaller packaging items and bags. If there's any AQ product that you'd like a larger size than what is listed, please just get in touch.
With our Eco range we're only offering sound and sensible products that we're happy to use ourselves, and all of the items listed here have been rigorously tested and trialled before they pass our very high standards!
We've only just begun to scratch the surface of ways to make a difference. If there's anything Eco that you'd like to see and isn't yet listed, we'd love to hear from you.