When you sit down and take a good look at how much waste you create in a day, there are many issues that have already been tackled in a very widespread manner, from reusable shopping bags to the menstrual cup, reusables have become quite mainstream and the amount of waste that has been reduced since the War On Waste aired on the ABC for the first time last year is staggering. It's just the tip of the iceberg though and there's still a long way to go.
For the already eco-savvy shopper, we are always on the lookout for those little products that may not turn over huge volume, but they're still there and contributing to waste.
Enter the Kooshoo Hair Ties - the world's first plastic free and organic hair tie
While there's lots to love about KooShoo Hair Ties from an eco perspective, it's actually not the main reason why we love them. Instead of elastic, they use a natural rubber, and instead of nylon and synthetic materials on the outside, it's organic cotton, and these two materials outperform and outlast their cheap rivals that need to go in to landfill, while Kooshoo can go in your compost.
WHY WE LOVE THE RUBBER INSTEAD OF ELASTIC
It doesn't stretch quite as far, but this is a good thing. They hold better and don't wear out anywhere near as quickly. With a cheap elastic, you know one day you just pick them up and stretch and they stay out there and don't work anymore? Rubber does just flop like this. The rubber gives a much firmer hold. We have had these out in use with people with long and thick hair for a couple of weeks before we stocked them.
WHY WE LOVE THE COTTON COVER INSTEAD OF NYLON AND OTHER SYNTHETICS
Besides the obvious eco aspect, there's two reasons - performance and looks. The cotton doesn't slip like nylon does. It doesn't seem to pull or create those 'pony tail headaches' that cam come from other elastics (of course, you do still need to put them in correctly and not pull them too tight or pull some strands tighter than others).
We love the combination of fun and practicality with the brand. Kooshoo Hair Ties are available in 4 different colour combinations - black, brown black, blonde and colourful. While they work out at $4 per tie, as long as you're not the type of person that loses them on a regular basis, you will get your monies worth out of these ties. They also have a cute little dot closure and can be worn around the wrist with other jewellery for those times when you just want to carry one around and not lose it.
So there you have it. You went plastic free with your shampoo bars, apple cider vinegar rinse, bamboo combs and hair brushes, soap bars and coconut oil and now for those who tie their hair up for exercise or every day now have a plastic free solution for that as well.