Earth Day on April 22nd is a great reminder for all of us to be aware of our environment and how we interact with it. It gives us a chance to slow down, take stock of our surroundings and make sure our eco-conscious habits are a part of our day-to-day lives.
At Koala, thrivability has always been a part of our ethos, and a core reason for us to exist as a company, and we don’t take this responsibility lightly. While some people make this an overly complex program, to us, it’s a very simple one.
We pride ourselves on being a sustainable furniture company and we’d like to share with you some Earth Day tips on how we can all continue to help our habitat.
1. Ethical consumption made easy
It can get confusing real quick. If you don’t know where to look, you can start by looking for brands like Koala that are members of “1% for the Planet”. All member companies are certified to be donating at least 1% of annual sales to environmental charities.
2. Simplify your lifestyle (and sleep!)
Make doing less work for you and the environment. Try using less electricity in your day-to-day, take shorter showers, and consider waiting before making purchases so you’re sure it’s something you’ll use for a long time.
That’s why we don’t just make our Koala mattresses comfy AF, they’re long-lasting so you’ll get decades of use.
3. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Reusable products such as water bottles and shopping bags are all the rage. But that’s not all; many companies are making products from recycled materials to do their part. At Koala, we are mega fans of REPREVE®, a fiber made from recycled plastic bottles. Check out our Paddington Bed Base and dining chairs!
4. Be aware of what you consume
C’mon, when was the last time you checked a label? If you’re unsure, have a closer squizz at what you consume on a daily basis. At Koala, one way we reduce air pollution is by keeping VOCs to a minimum, so keep an eye out for sustainable brands that use non-toxic products.
5. Enhance animal-friendly lifestyle
Did you know that according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, the livestock industry is responsible for about 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions?
We get it. Cutting meat out of your life can be a bit of a biggie. Why don’t you start by trying other “vegan” products? Have a squziz at Koala’s animal-friendly furniture, word on the street is our Timber Bed Base works wonders.
6. Stop deforestation
We know that using paper means harming forests, and less forest means less clean air. Yikes. When considering analog to digital small changes can make a big difference.
Paper bills to online bills is an easy one but also taking notes on your iPhone is convenient for both you and the environment. Koala knows the damage deforestation can cause. That’s why Koala Furniture like our sofa, bed bases and bookshelves are FSC® certified to ensure the wood we use in our furniture is from an environmentally and socially responsibly managed forest.
7. Protect our fellows
We share this beautiful planet with so many other species. It’s important to reflect on how we can protect animals that are facing environmental threats. Whether it’s through a direct donation or through a product purchase, you too can contribute to animal conservation. One example is our partnership with the WWF, which means when you choose Koala Furniture you can adopt a koala, glossy black cockatoo or sea turtle.
8. You are not alone on this!
If you are passionate about environmental issues, it’s great to join forces and gather more resources from like-minded organisations like EARTHDAY.ORG. At Koala, we’re stoked to be delivering sustainability on the reg. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date!
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