25 Things All Eco-Warriors Know To Be True

25 Things All Eco-Warriors Know To Be True

by | Sep 13, 2019

Now I’m normally not one to judge, but I’ve caught myself lately in a couple of new-age dilemmas. I have jumped headfirst into the ecosphere, spending hours deliberating over ceramic coffee cups and researching the difference between bamboo and stainless steel straws. So much so that it led me to launch my own business Banish last year (an online store and education platform) and I have transformed into what I can only describe as an eco-addict. Here are the 25 things you’ll understand if you’re with me on this journey.

1. Nothing will ruin your day quicker than forgetting your tote bag.

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2. You’re constantly given a side-eye for washing your coffee cup in public toilets.

3. You give a virtual ‘cheers’ to everyone else in the coffee line with a reusable cup. 

4. You are proud, not ashamed when your friends ask if you’re wearing the same dress you wore 10 years ago. 

5. You need a dedicated washing load for all your eco goodies (make-up wipes, produce bags, tea towels). 

6. The drying rack in your kitchen is used more for beeswax wraps and soft plastics than for anything else.

7. Every day is a game of Tetris as you try and fit a coffee cup, water bottle, cutlery, produce bag and a jar (just in case) in your handbag.

8. A catch up with your eco-friends isn’t complete without a lengthy update on your latest eco-finds.

9. MOON CUPS ARE THE BEST THING SINCE NEIL ARMSTRONG LANDED ON THE MOON. 

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10. We all have our favourite beeswax wrap and the others get used only in desperate situations.

11. You’re constantly running out of Tupperware containers.

12. You trick your non-eco friends into going green by giving them no other option.  

13. You contemplate adding ‘Masterchef’ to your resume as you find yourself cooking the strangest combination of foods so you don’t waste that odd carrot and celery stem. 

14. There’s no heartbreak quite like ordering a drink without a straw and it comes with one anyways. 

15. You feel like a proud mum when one of your favourite brands announces that they have swapped to recyclable shipping methods.

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16. Every time you see a bee you run to it, not away from it to see if it needs some water. 

17. You find yourself on first dates asking if they use a reusable coffee cup, and if they don’t… see you later. 

18. You’re not ashamed to tweet on your social media “I’ve got worms!”

19. You find it hard to be nice to people who brush their teeth with the water running.

20. You haven’t used a printer in so long you’ve forgotten what it is. 

21. Your Instagram feed has at least one picture of a ceramic coffee cup.

22. Your jar collection needs a cupboard of its own.

23. When people ask what your favourite bar is, your response is shampoo or body? 

24. Every time you go to the beach you end up performing a difficult juggle of your #take3forthesea with the rest of your belongings. 

25. People seem oddly surprised when you tell them that you still use deodorant and shave your legs. 

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It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here. 

But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 

Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 

Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?