What we’re talking about: Self-heating puffer and cutting plastic waste

Fancy a luxury durable self-heating quilted coat (yes, please!) or do you want to reduce single-use plastics in your beauty regimen? Read on to find out more.

Heated down jacket, $449 with battery, consequenceofchange.com

Durable self-heating puffer

Melbourne-based fashion brand Consequence of change collaborated with Indigenous artist Niketa Law to create a luxurious durable self-heating quilted jacket. Winter 2022 brings the futuristic luxury item, under $500, which includes a dedicated phone space, earphone pocket, detachable bag and detachable sleeves. The down jacket features four nano heating pads, with individual temperature controls – two in the back and one in each pocket – and Dupont padding to keep the wearer warm even without heating the coat.

The beautiful inner lining highlights the piece of Niketa, Winds of Barambah, an artistic collaboration commissioned exclusively for the brand. Niketa’s art was inspired by her home in outback Australia. To put the mantle to good use, Consequence of Change launched a Kickstarter campaign winning public support to source the best possible recycled materials, craftsmanship and technology.

See more at consequenceofchange.com

Machine cleans plastic shampoo containers for reuse

Every year in Australia, more than 152 million single-use plastic (SUP) bottles of shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and skincare go to landfill, from supermarket brands alone. According to the federal government’s waste report, only 15% of plastics consumed by Australians will be recycled. Zero COknown for its zero-waste refill model in home care products, set the beauty industry on notice, creating the world’s first refillable, SUP-free roll-on shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and deodorant .

Over the past 18 months, Zero Co has removed the equivalent of 803,083 water bottles of waste from oceans and beaches by funding cleanups across Australia, according to co-founder Mike Smith. Their iconic pouch recovery machine saved the equivalent of 789,325 water bottles from ending up in the landfill. The Pouch Recovery Machine is an Australian engineered technology that cleans and sanitizes used refill pouches that are returned by Zero Co customers (free in a pre-paid envelope). Once clean, the bags are filled with product and returned to other customers.

Learn more at zeroco.com.au

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Bryce K. Locke