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We interviewed founder of Big Bite Eco on how to get on board the eco-friendly trend, seriously give up the plastic coffee cup.

One of the biggest trends of this year has to be the sustainability movement. As consumers we are becoming more conscious of where products are coming from and also what they are packaged in. We interviewed Seoniadh Murphy, Founder of Big Bite Eco to give us expert tips on becoming an eco-warrior. Big Bite Eco is an online Eco ware store providing aesthetically pleasing alternatives to single use products.

 

As founder and creator of big bite eco, what makes a product sustainable and eco friendly? (i.e. what materials should we be looking for and avoiding?)

The main rule of thumb I go with is that we should be looking at always reusing over recycling.  Avoid single use plastics and packaging where and when you can and opt for a reusable version. As far as I’m aware there is no perfect product or material that we should be using for everything as an alternative to plastic.  There are many different materials that have their pros and cons when it comes to being environmentally friendly.
I use a combination of lots of different products (including products I don’t sell) to live without excessive plastic.  A product in my opinion is sustainable and environmentally friendly if it is long lasting, hardwearing and useful. It also helps if it isn’t made using a lot of energy and resources.  And if it’s biodegradable or compostable at the end of its lifespan it’s an added bonus.

As an individual consumer, how am I making a difference by shopping eco friendly and reusable products?

While it’s obvious that as a consumer shopping for eco-friendly and reusable products will mean a cut down in single use packaging and products it also means we’re changing the norm and putting pressure on other companies and governments to also start becoming more environmentally friendly.
By supporting socially responsible brands that are creating eco-friendly and reusable products it means  you’re also investing into furthering technology to allow us to develop even more environmentally friendly products and processes.  The more demand for the product equals more improvements in the technology and also makes the products even more available and affordable to more people. 


“The more demand for reusables means less demand for pointless plastic.”

What are some of the biggest swaps we can make to have a more eco friendly lifestyle (i.e. what are the most common products we can replace with eco friendly options)

I think the most important swaps are things that you find you use everyday.  Being able to swap out something that would usually be a throwaway item for example a water bottle, plastic food wrap, coffee cups etc can make a world of difference.  If you drink a coffee a day and you switch to a keep cup that’s 365 disposable coffee cups (that aren’t recyclable or biodegradable) that you’ve kept out of landfill. I personally have a lightweight reusable water bottle, cutlery, a lunchbox and a keep cup that I keep with me most places I go.  In my home I use sponges I can wash and reuse, reusable food wraps instead of cling wrap, reusable ziplocks instead of plastic ones. I find that often it’s just a matter of making the switch and then being slightly organised to make sure you’ve got an alternative.

What led you to start a company that designs eco friendly and sustainable products?

It was my own personal need for the products.  I realised how much plastic I was using in my own home and it was predominantly my kitchen.  Food storage, plastic food wrap, baking paper and foil, food packaging. My background is design so I also struggled to find anything that looked nice but was also affordable.  So I set about creating my products and Big Bite Eco was born.

Sustainability goes beyond what we store our food and drinks in, what are some other areas we can be conscious of to lead a more sustainable lifestyle?

It definitely does.  Food waste is a huge one.  We need to start thinking about what we’re buying and eating and making sure we’re utilising every single part of our food and not throwing it away because we don’t feel like it or we forgot to eat it and it went bad. We should also be eating a more plant based diet our population is increasing at such a rapid rate that our current diet will no longer be sustainable in the next 10 – 20 years.

Fashion is also a big one.  My background is actually in fashion and textile design and I know the amount of waste that is created in the industry.  Try to choose well made garments that are made of natural fibres and that will last the test of time. They are nicer to wear and will last longer!  

Also energy is another huge one.  Invest in renewables, get solar if you can, buy off grid power, turn off the lights and powerpoint if you’re not using them.  

And also motor vehicles.  I try not to use my car too much and have car free days.  I opt to walk or cycle or take a train if I can. My next big purchase will hopefully be an electric car.

Don’t waste water.  Compost your food. They all sound obvious and when I was growing up they were  hammered into us but we seem to have neglected them in recent times.

To keep things in perspective in my own life I try to live by the simple motto of

“Use what you need, need what you use.”

 

Stock your kitchen and home with eco friendly and beautifully designed products from Big Bite Eco. Or follow along on Instagram @bigbiteeco  


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