Being green is not an easy task, especially if you have to travel or spend a lot of time away from home. But going plastic free is much easier if you get the gear you need – whether it’s for a massive adventure or just a walk around the corner. The girls of Atlas & Ortus have put together a brand that offers all the range of products you can possibly need in your day-to-day life… And you’d also be helping “do good” with every purchase at the same time.
The most practical tip to become more sustainable – whether you are travelling or not – is to eliminate single-use plastics. That’s why Atlas & Ortus offers the whole range: reusable glass coffee cups, isothermal bottles, stainless steel lunch tins, beeswax wraps, bamboo toothbrushes, organic cotton weekend bags and everyday bags; also handmade body soaps and shampoo bars with a wider range arriving soon (including one with no allergens for sensitive skin.)
Evie Calder and Francesca Watson are sisters and founded Atlas & Ortus to be a part of the movement helping catalyse change. The name of the brand signifies the dawning of a new day and portrays the image of the world ‘waking up’ to a new era, one where we think about humans’ relationship with the environment differently, and much more positively.@atlasandortus signifies the dawning of a new day and portrays the image of the world ‘waking up’ to a new era, one where we think about humans’ relationship with the environment differently, and much more positively #ChangeTheWorld… Click To Tweet
So their mission goes far beyond reducing the single-use plastic: the aim is to build a more sustainable, conscious and caring culture that puts the needs of future generations first – and one where eco-friendly and ethically sourced products is the norm.
They are 100% committed to sustainability, which includes sustainable development and and they’re big supporters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The projects they are supporting through the customers’ purchases are to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most marginalised and vulnerable people.
One of the manufacturers the brand has partnered with is Freeset, a Fair Trade certified organisation based in West Bengal, who provide employment and freedom for women who have been formerly trafficked into prostitution. Currently, Atlas & Ortus’ GOTS organic cotton Weekend and Everyday are made by Freeset, and they hope to expand their products they source from them in the future.
Meet Priyasha’s and find out about her story. She represents many others that have their freedom taken away at some point in their lives. Worth watching and understanding what fair-trade can do to a community.
“Making our bags is part of these women’s journey to freedom. To their friends and neighbours among the thousands still trapped in prostitution, they are a symbol of hope.” Evie Calder and Francesca Watson
When it comes to the packaging, Atlas & Ortus products use recycled tissue paper and cardboard as well as eco tape. Even though the stickers aren’t recycled/recyclable the sisters are hoping to replace these with a biodegradable option.
Their future plans are to keep growing their product range and create a range of sustainability starter kits.
“We’re also going to be stocking more sites, and are looking to be available in more shops and hopefully enter the mainstream market. We would also like to be able to do more events – we will be at Stylist Live in November in London, and would love to do more like this.”
So stay positive, stay informed, and follow the stories and updates of Atlas & Ortus. If you truly want to make a difference while travelling we recommend you to also check out this sustainable travel platform: Eco companion. Book your next eco trip and join the army of eco-sustainable travellers!
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