Convenience + sustainable purchasing can go hand in hand when you subscribe to deliveries from companies that align with your values. Nicole Lutze investigates.
No matter how good our intentions may be, convenience plays a significant role when it comes to our choices as consumers. Shopping at the farmers market or visiting multiple stores to acquire products that align with our ethics simply isn’t compatible with everyone’s lifestyle. So time and time again, we return to supermarkets and shopping centres where convenience is served in spadefuls but sustainable shopping options may be lacking.
The good news is, with a small amount of organisation with our online shopping we can subscribe to better product choices and have them delivered to our doorstep – or very close to it.
Subscription services also offer the benefit of providing greater financial security to farmers, social enterprises and small businesses, who in turn usually provide a discounted rate for your loyalty.
This month we’ve done a round-up of commonly used household products and found the best subscription services available to Brisbane residents.
Local spray-free fruit and veg
Do you want access to seasonal, spray-free fruit and vegetables grown locally to Brisbane, without needing to visit a store or farmers market? Then social enterprise Food Connect is your dream come true.
While many other companies offer fruit and veg delivery services, Food Connect provides much more than just produce. They ensure farmers receive a higher price compared to the industry average; they only sell produce which meets their ecological standards meaning everything is close-to or certified organic; they use minimal packaging; and they donate 5% of their annual turnover to community groups and food rescue programs.
What’s not to love?
Life-changing toilet paper
According to the hilarious yet humane toilet paper company, Who Gives A Crap, about 40% of the global population, or 2.3 billion people, don’t have access to a toilet.
Consequently around 289,000 children under the age of five die every year from diarrhoea related diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.
These alarming statistics drove their company founders to action, and today this crowdfunded toilet paper company donates 50% of their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world. Whats more, their products are made from environmentally friendly materials, are completely free from plastic packaging and they’re perfectly affordable.
Now that’s something to make you feel good with every wipe.
Not many teenagers use the experiences from their gap year to better humanity, but that’s exactly what Melbourne entrepreneurs Amber Jones and Georgie Debenham have done.
While teaching English to children in Kampot in Cambodia, they observed the dire state of children’s teeth and the easy access to cheap sugar-laden sweets. They returned home to create The Toothbrush Project, a company which donates 100% of their profits to help improve the dental care of children in Cambodia.
Their bamboo toothbrushes are compostable and their annual subscription service starts at only $16, which has got to make you smile.
Better laundry detergent
Made in Australia from organic plant-based ingredients, Dirt laundry detergent comes with minimal plastic packaging and provides subscribers with the option of returning packaging to be refilled.
The makers of Dirt estimate they’re also 3 cents cheaper per wash then the average supermarket brand, and they donate 50% of their profits to The Ocean Cleanup, an amazing organisation working to remove plastic waste from our oceans.
Who knew doing laundry could make you feel so good?
Not every parent is prepared to use cloth nappies, but still feel guilt over the environmental impact of disposable nappies.
Ecoriginals offers a great alternative with their disposable nappies that actually biodegrade (most nappies take 500 years!), and compostable packaging. Their nappies are made from 80% plant-based materials, use no nasty chemicals, and are breathable to prevent nappy rash.
If that wasn’t incentive enough, their subscription service offers you a saving of almost 20% per month.