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Healthy Living Guide - Eco Friendly Articles

We have been a voice for eco living since 2009 when our online store was established. We sold $50,000 worth of stainless steel water bottles in January 2010 and it has been interesting to watch the trends evolve over the last decade. Back then, we were one of the first stores to sell reusable produce bags for your fruit & veg at the supermarket. We would sell a few each month. Once the War On Waste aired on the ABC in 2017, we were selling thousands of them and couldn’t get our hands on enough stock. Now you can buy them at the supermarket and Harris Farm.

We have watched natural deodorants migrate from roll-ons to pastes in tins to sticks in cardboard tubes that fully compost at the end of life. We have seen companies who make stainless steel straws in plastic hang sell packaging change their packaging because you, the consumer, spoke up and said it wasn’t acceptable and we passed every single message on, and they changed.

I was interviewed for the book Quitting Plastic in 2018 when the mainstream was ready to help embrace the change, and it has truly exploded since then. Our main message is simple, make small changes where you can. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not perfect. I am always reminded of the quote by zero waste chef Anne Marie Bonneau:-

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

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Joanne Swadling

Shop Naturally Founder & Owner since 2009

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    Certified palm oil free sunscreen that was TGA approved didn't exist for a long time. Australian brand Sunbutter Oceans changed all that, and while they were at it, they added 'plastic free' to the list of firsts. In
  2. What's Unique about the Green Essentials Sustain-A-Bento Trio

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    What does the Sustain-A-Bento Trio have that other lunch boxes don't? The longer we see stainless steel lunch boxes heading towards mainstream, the more we see 20 brands bringing out exactly the same metal lunch box. There's not
  3. 9 ways to use Dr Bronner's Castile Soap in the bathroom

    9 ways to use Dr Bronner's Castile Soap in the bathroom

    We love multi purpose natural cleaning products and Dr Bronner's castile soap is one of our favourites for being extremely versatile. Dr Bronner's Pure Castile Liquid Soap is a natural and highly concentrated liquid cleanser that is made
  4. How long will food stay hot in my Insulated Food Jar?

    How long will food stay hot in my Insulated Food Jar?

    Whether you call it a food flask or an insulated food jar, these are a food storage vessel designed to keep the outside temperature at bay. If you're storing hot food, then your insulated food jar will keep
  5. Camelbak Water Bottles Warranty, quality lasts a lifetime

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    You know you're getting quality with the Camelbak Water Bottles warranty because it lasts a lifetime on their products, and when you buy from an official Australian stockist, you know your warranty will be honoured if something goes
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    Clean a reusable menstrual pad with a probiotic soap We used to stock Hannahpad, and when we did, one concern people had when deciding whether to purchase them is whether they would be easy to clean with only
  7. Which pegs for your plastic free laundry?

    Which pegs for your plastic free laundry?

    Getting a plastic free laundry is something that can be done. As plastic free becomes more mainstream as activists show us just how much plastic, and in particular, microplastics that end up inside fish and then inside us
  8. Why the new Cheeki Active water bottle is THE choice for Back To School for any age

    Why the new Cheeki Active water bottle is THE choice for Back To School for any age

    This post was originally written in January 2019 and has been updated in April 2024 Cheeki have been an active part of the reusables movement since 2009, the same year Shop Naturally opened. We're the first to admit
  9. The Best 2 Litre Water Bottle 2024 Edition

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    Since we should all be drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water a day*, the best 2 litre water bottle for you will carry just about everything you need for the day. Depending on who you are
  10. Camelbak Chute is the largest water bottle in the Camelbak range

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  11. New Earthwise Whitener packaging

    New Earthwise Whitener packaging

    Eco friendly cleaning products need to have thoughtful packaging wherever possible. The Earthwise Whitener packaging change is the latest in a 'step in the right direction' with our natural cleaning products range. Here at Shop Naturally, we always
  12. Lunchbots Bentos with coloured lids - your troubleshooting guide

    Lunchbots Bentos with coloured lids - your troubleshooting guide

    When Lunchbots Bentos were first available in Australia, there were very few other options. They were one of the first stainless steel lunch boxes we ever stocked. They may have actually been THE first. There were times where

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