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Hi, I'm Hazel the founder and owner of Little Eco Shop.
You are likely visiting our store because you are eco-conscious or want help to find ways of becoming more eco-friendly. Well, you’ve come to the right place! I’m making it my mission to help as many Australians as possible, take simple and easy steps in becoming that little bit more ‘green’ without breaking the bank. I believe if we all try to make little eco changes, we can make a huge difference to the health of our planet.
You may have seen the phrase ‘“It’s just one straw”, said 8 billion people’ around. It’s a great example of what we are trying to do, encouraging you to make one small substitution or change to an eco product in your daily life, in the hope that together we can make a world of difference.
I hope you like the range of products we’ve carefully selected but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there is something specific you'd like that we don’t currently stock.
Recently, I learned that much of Australia’s donated fashion is shipped off to the developing world and forms towering structures of pollution that, from a distance, could easily be mistaken for a cliff face. Resale of the west’s hand-me-downs is big business in Africa‘s open-air markets – roughly four million tonnes of castoff clothing is shipped across the globe annually, from developed nations.
Knowingly or not, Africa has become the West’s junkyard.
Despite growing awareness of the problem with fast fashion, and a rising number of sustainably minded consumers, global clothing production has doubled since 2000. Some 87% of global clothing waste clogs up landfills or is incinerated, textile workers endure woefully low pay and hazardous work conditions, and an abundance of water, energy and chemicals are used in fashion production. And according to the ABC, we’re happy to indulge our fashion overlords, buying sixty percent more clothing than we did fifteen years ago, and keeping it for half as long. But why do we engage in this farce?
As if the doom and gloom of a pandemic wasn’t bad enough, earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) dropped their Sixth Assessment Report. The report predicts that we will exceed a global average of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial climate, within two decades, and begin to see more frequent weather extremes and climate disasters, including bushfires, flooding, and drought.
Okay, so it’s bad – but even the most sophisticated computer modelling can’t foresee the future and many media outlets have failed to cover that the IPCC’s report is tinged with hope. If we can reach net-zero emissions and hold warming at 1.5 degrees, there’s a good chance that average temperatures will begin to lessen and the effects of climate change reverse.