So this week, it's all about green! Two of this week's items are environmentally conscious and one is a piece of jewellery that is green and the stone is from the earth - see what I did there?
Here are the deets of this week's #WLW by Tash. Hope you enjoy.
01 HUSKEECUP available @ firehouse
Okay, so I love design, but I love design, even more, when it is functional. Let me tell you why the HuskeeCup is both a sustainable and sophisticated coffee cup. Available in Charcoal and Natural colours, you can add these cups to your current mug collection at home (keep the lids separate) AND take one with you when you get your morning takeaway drink of choice (versatile AF). We're all the first to be aggressive and vocal about exterior establishments that don't adhere to our own eco wants when it involves only a minor change from ourselves (i.e. plastic straws). But you have no right to make a comment to any establishment or another person unless you are REALLY making a change yourself. And this is why I love these! They are super stylish and the only excuse is maybe the price, and in fairness, the price is not bad at all.
Keeps your coffee hotter for longer
Non-toxic (BPA free)
Repurpose waste (made from coffee husks)
Comfortable to hold and cool to touch
Durable and reusable
You can't make a change unless it's a community mentality. Not sure if this is still happening, but Seattle Coffee offers a 10% discount when you bring your own cup. I can only implore other coffee shops to adopt the same behaviour. Stop the blame game and work together.
Where to buy >>
Discovered these gems at the firehouse (Shop 16), Dunkeld West Centre, Cnr Jan Smuts Ave and Bompas Road, Dunkeld, Johannesburg.
02 GREEN ONYX BAGUETTE RING available @ shinyrockpolished.com
I have been eyeing this exquisite piece of jewellery for a while now. I absolutely love this piece for many a reason.
Let's start with the aesthetics. This ring is so feminine looking and durable enough by its build (2.9 carats, 4 claw set ring in 9kt rose gold). I also like recommending stuff that are an investment piece and this Green Onyx stone will go with most outfit colours and outfits. It really is just so pretty with an edge. I'm in awe.
As a stone, Onyx is strength-giving. It provides support in difficult or confusing circumstances and during times of enormous mental or physical stress.
So quite frankly this ring is both exquisite and good for the soul.
Where to buy >>
www.shinyrockpolished.com and get a 15% discount when you buy online.
R6,900 (15% discount if you order online)
03 REUSABLE BEE'S WRAPS by Janice's Kitchen
I love what 'Janice's Kitchen' is all about.
'Let's find the simple ways to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. I mean you, me, all of us. Together. Let's create our story: sustainably, responsibly, creatively, fabulously.'
So if you really are serious about reducing your carbon footprint, these natural alternative wraps to plastic wrap for food storage are amazing. Made from Cotton Material, Bee’s Wax & Coconut Oil, these reuseable hand-made food wraps are available in three sizes:
Small >> A pack of three, each 30cmx30cm
Medium >> A pack of two, each 45cmx30cm
Large >> One wrap, 55cmx35cm
Variety Pack >> 2 x small, 1 x med, 1 x large - because good food deserves good care.
Bee’s Wax is sourced locally from sustainably farmed hives.
Where to buy >>
Online @ Janice's Kitchen
Differs per product and where you buy.
Guys, let's be, wear & think green.
So the political climate that we all find ourselves in, globally, at the moment is dichotomous and hostile. Now you may be wondering why on earth I am bringing up politics (as was I whilst writing this), so I'll explain why I have bothered.
My dear friends. Here is a Truth. We are all different and that is great. Some of us love money, some of us love people, some of us love nature, some of us love animals, some of us love all of these but can only dedicate our time to one ore more of these initiatives. Life is all about balance (something I put my hand up that I struggle with). And we are also human and can only try and help with some of these areas. BUT, that does not mean that if you are an animal person that you have a right to be unkind to humans and so on and so forth.
Our political climate, is dichotomous, for lack of a better word. The dichotomy (in super lamens terms) is the Trump-like humans of the world vs. the eco-warriors. However, what bothers me is the hostility that comes from both parties. When I lived in Cape Town a couple of years ago, I was getting a smoothie at my local organic shop in Muizenberg. This was the height of the 'plastic straw' drama that everyone was fixating on. Don't get me wrong, fan-fcking-tastic, BUT have a brain. The aggression I witnessed way too often towards staff members giving plastic straws was as unkind as polluting our sea-life. So this lady had a complete meltdown at this poor staff member about the plastic straw that was served in her (also 100% plastic container). I was at the end of my tether with this type of behaviour so I chimed in and asked why she was only having a massive moment about the straw and not the plastic container that her smoothie came in. She was quite taken aback about that comment and fumbled a retort. I then asked her if she gets takeaway coffee too, to which she replied 'Yes'. Also, pointed out to her that the lid of the coffee is plastic and asked if she craps on the staff too for that? Again whilst she was trying to fumble a response, I turned to the poor guy behind the counter and asked him, politely, if he had any say in what or how the coffee/smoothies were served in that particular shop and of course he said, 'No'. I turned back to the lady and immediately saw her aggressive face soften. I turned to her and said, 'I understand where you are coming from, but it makes no sense to take a shot at this poor guy. A. Rather speak to the manager and B. If you feel that strongly to be so aggressive to another human, when you speak to the decision-maker, ask for full change. She picked up her yoga mat and responded 'point-taken' and huffed off. I will never forget that staff's facial expression of thanks.
My point being, don't argue things that are trendy. Argue things in their entirety and also don't be unkind to anyone. If you really care, make a change, without being an asshole.
You. All Sorted.
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