Stitcha began as a Home & Lifestyle store with a focus on choosing materials that have a low impact on our environment. As the business has grown to a popular podcast here you can hear what we have learnt so far.
What materials should I look out for ?
The best materials to look out for are anything that is not polyester, synthetics are made from plastic and produced with chemicals. The best materials that I am pleased are becoming a staple in our highstreet stores are the following :
Organic GOTS Cotton
Who should I purchase products for the home from ?
I always recommend purchasing your items from small businesses or independent designers. Because they are smaller they are more likely to have a smaller production chain and these designers and business owners are more often conscious of there process.
It is also a great time to purchase second hand. This way you can recycle an item another does not need, upcycle an existing item also avoids our unwanted items going to landfill.
Tip – The easiest way to do this is sand down, and paint up old furniture with some new handles. Try it your be surprised the difference it makes.
When building a space how do I make the build more of a sustainable one ?
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But one of the answers is to choose materials that are from smaller or local companies. You may find that your budget does not allow this and that is ok, you need to remember that in a world where what we need is not available yet that you should not put yourself down. Instead if you can not do this with all of the building materials do it with some. Or find ways to make the inside a focus, purchase second hand items, DIY items, purchase accessories from small companies.
What Can I do in the home to help ?
Recycling is something that frustrates even the calmest personality of myself. I do wish we had a better recycling system but we need to use what we have right now.
It sounds simple but try not to waist food. Try to cook the right amount of rice but if you find you have leftovers then make another dish with them the next day.
When you can recycle your card, plastics, cardboard, paper and Tin. The co op has recently set up a great initiative where you can give your soft plastic that never get recycled properly to the store. I collect mine in one bag and fit as much as I can in until I am ready to take it to the store. Oneday we may have a system in our household recycling for this.
If you have reusable boxes, instead of sandwich bags, beeswax wraps and more then you can limit the amount of soft plastic needed.
Also something that more and more coffee shops are accepting now are reusable cups. These you can use over again. Plus we really do not want to be drinking anymore plastic than we need to from a plastic water bottle. Keep your fluids up with reusable coffee, tea and water bottles and cups.
Clean your tiny space with chemical free products. Use items such as Ecover or make your own lemon spritz solutions. You will be amazed at how these clean up even better than those harsh chemical solutions. Plus you will always have a reusable bottle so less recycling for you to sort out. If you are not one for making your own solution that is ok. Choose the companies such as Ecover where you can refill and know that you are getting the right solution. This covers not only house cleaning products but shampoo, conditioner, and washing detergents.
Spot wash or cold wash and hang dry.
We always advise to be extra friendly and try to use eco dry cleaners or eco solutions when cleaning that use less harmful detergents this ensures no strong detergents are used in the process which breaks down the property fibres. Normal machine washing or hand washing is good and your Stitcha product will last well. This also helps save on CO2, water and your product will last longer using a shorter and lower temperature wash. Please do not tumble dry your Stitcha products it is not required here and saves on alot of energy consumption.
Do I have to do everything to make my lifestyle sustainable ?
The answer to this is a personal opinion shared by many of the community. And my personal answer is no. Whilst I think it is important for all of us to be more sustainable. I am aware that many can become overwhelmed by the process and what feels like a responsibility to be solely sustainable. Instead I feel it is important to all do what we can, what we feel we can do. Because if everyone can do a little bit, from the solo living dweller to the big corporate companies then we make a more accessible and sustainable lifestyle. It is about doing each little bit that is comfortable for you to help and change what is available. The less we buy of those harsh chemical products the more the companies have to think of alternatives just like Ecover and the more we buy from such companies the more the price becomes accessible.