PROMOTING sustainable living for all

2018-06-26 06:01
EcoBoks founders Kelly Kidgell and Lauren Clark promote sustainable living. PHOTO: supplied

EcoBoks founders Kelly Kidgell and Lauren Clark promote sustainable living. PHOTO: supplied

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EVERY piece of plastic ever made still exists, in some shape or form, and plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile — this according to conservationist Kelly Kidgell of EcoBoks. This stat inspired Kidgell and her friend Lauren Clark to start the EcoBoks campaign which promotes sustainable living for their community.

“We all need to make changes and stop single-use plastic. It’s absolutely destroying our oceans and marine life and it makes us really sad,” said Kidgell.

Kidgell explained the idea of EcoBoks: “As we researched, we discovered that our earth and oceans are in a dire state due to massive increase in single-use plastics.

“These plastics are used, on average, for 12 minutes but take hundreds of years to break down. This made us want to try inspire people to make changes. We felt that there is not only a market for eco-products but also a huge need for creating awareness.”

Kidgell said that she does not think the community even knows just how bad things are, and the importance of sticking to sustainable living and recycling is just not enough anymore.

“It is important to reduce waste and, if we cannot reduce it, then we need to re-use. Recycling is not enough anymore; we need to put less into our bins. Of course, life happens and we are all only human, but we need to look at our children and realise it’s up to us, right now, to act on this very real issue. In so doing, we’ll be teaching them too,” she explained. She said that, when they started their eco-journey, it was so overwhelming to know what changes to make. “It’s all about learning and awareness. Information is key and we share some really handy tips on our Facebook page. It’s so inspiring to see the community getting on board,” she said.

“Aside from attending eco workshops to expand our knowledge on the journey to zero waste, we want to spread the word on things like beach clean-ups, eco-bricking and anything else that’ll bring more team members to our ‘boksquad’,” added Kidgell.

To learn more about EcoBoks visit their website, and Facebook page, ecobokssa.


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