Eco living made easy

Do you want to live more sustainably, but aren’t quite sure where to start?

Live Eco is a hub for everyday items that can be easily swapped for more eco-friendly alternatives. It’s the brainchild of local mother-daughter duo Heather and Erin who wanted to make a difference in the world and encourage others to do the same.

We spoke to co-owner Erin to find out more.

How did the idea for Live Eco come about?

Mum has always been wary of chemicals in cleaning products, make up, hair care, food, etc, so we were brought up in an environment where we were encouraged to think twice about things before we used or consumed them.

I have been a nutritionist for the last six years and so my passion for helping people eat well and feel good slowly splashed over into the environment.

The idea for Live Eco came about as mum and I wanted to be a hub for everyday eco items. We wanted to make looking after the environment really easy for people, which is where the idea to be a Terracycle drop off location and to collect metal lids came from.

We also host Live Eco parties where we go to people’s houses to educate and show them what products are out there that they can swap to be more eco-friendly.

How long have you been open? And what has the response been from the Geelong community?

We opened at the end of October in 2017 and have been warmly welcomed by the Geelong community, particularly those who live in and around the Geelong West end of Pakington Street.

Customers often thank us for having a shop like this and making sustainable items readily available, especially for those that aren’t keen on shopping online. We have a great tribe of ever-growing regular and loyal customers whom we are grateful for.

What are your six best-selling products?

  1. Reusable menstrual pads
  2. Reusable stainless steel straws
  3. Bulk laundry liquid that people can refill a bottle/jar/container with
  4. Reusable cloth nappies
  5. Beeswax wraps
  6. Compostable dog poo bags.

What items can people drop off to be recycled?

Dental and oral care items:

  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste tubes and caps (emptied as much as possible)
  • electric toothbrush heads
  • floss containers
  • plastic outside packaging for toothbrushes and floss containers.

Beauty Products (emptied of product as much as possible):

  • mascara, eyeliner and lipstick tubes
  • eye shadow palettes
  • moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner and hair mask containers
  • face care containers (eye cream, face moisturiser, toner, etc)
  • foundation and concealer tubes.

Metal lids and metal bits (check they are metal and not aluminium by seeing if they are attracted to a magnet):

  • beer/cider caps
  • pasta sauce, stir fry, salsa etc jar lids
  • metal bit of pegs.

Writing instruments:

  • Any brand of pen, felt tip, highlighter, marker, correction fluid pot (must be empty), correction tape, mechanical pencil and eraser pen, regardless of their composition.

What are your top tips for sustainable living?

Do what you can, where you can. It doesn’t need to be difficult or an expensive process, and you don’t need to be ‘zero waste’ with everything to make a difference. Start where you feel is simple for you and build from there.

Some of our suggestions on places to start would be:

  • use containers where practical to store food rather than using cling film or foil
  • wash and reuse plastic containers from common food items such as large yoghurt tubs with lids, spread jars and take away soup or meal containers; use them for storing nuts, dried fruit, biscuits, tea bags and household items like batteries, buttons etc
  • do something to help you remember to take bags with you to the supermarket, such as keeping bags in several locations like your bag, glovebox, at work or by the front door
  • inform yourself of what can and can’t be recycled in your council bin to make sure you’re recycling responsibly
  • buy in bulk where you can and look into a refill service for items like laundry liquid, dish liquid etc.

Live Eco is located at Shop 1/112 Pakington Street, Geelong West, or you can shop online.

Does your business specialise in eco-friendly products? Email [email protected] with your details.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 16 June 2020