With Valentines day just around the corner I’m a little overwhelmed with cheesy Hallmark cards and bunches of long stem red roses already (I am a rose radical, but a dozen long stem red ones are my least favourite – sorry!). I love a holiday or theme day of almost any kind, but Valentines day leaves me overwhelmed on Hallmark side and underwhelmed on the thoughtful gifts side. Truth is, it’s my husbands fault. Since we started dating almost 15 years ago he’s always told me he doesn’t celebrate Valentines day because its a day for secret lovers and that his love for me was no secret (smooth right?!). These days with my passion for the wealth of talented artists, designers and small businesses a Hallmark card and boring flowers just don’t excite me.
But flowers do excite me (just not a dozen long stem red roses) and so do small businesses that are finding the balance between practically and environmental responsibility. So I’ve teamed up with Pitchi, an innovative online shopping experience supporting emerging micro businesses (my favourite part is that each product is showcased via video!) to share with you my favourite find for a non cheesy Valentines day. This year I’m going with a bunch of wildflowers for me and a memobottle™ for him.
The Memobottle™ story grew from the shorelines of my hometown, the creators Jesse Leeworthy & Jonathan Byrt were baffled by two modern day problems, high volumes of waste through single use plastic bottles when we live in a place with access to some of the worlds cleanest water and why when the rest of our lives were becoming slimline with laptops and satchels the common drink bottle was still round and not so streamline. Each year Australian’s spend over $500 million on bottled water and less than 40% of those bottles are recycled which means the rest end up in landfill or our waterways. Whilst plastic is promoted as the environment’s enemy, reusable plastic bottles are 80% more environmentally friendly than their aluminium and stainless steel counterparts. They flipped the equation and created a product designed to fit our lifestyle rather than the ease of manufacture and at the same time prove that good design can also be environmentally responsible.
The Memobottle™ was designed to inspire a more reusable society. It’s a statement for change and a conversation starter about an environmental issue. So ditch the Hallmark card and bad flowers and join the #onebottlemovement
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