We’re in a global
for plastic to degrade
of plastic waste exist in the world
enters our oceans every day
are killed by marine plastic pollution each year
Household chemical pollution
Number of toxic chemicals in
an average household
62 toxic chemicals
These chemicals could cause
These chemicals are eventually rinsed down the drain. The chemical residues can affect wildlife over time, accelerate plant growth and interfere with the ecosystem.
Greenhouse gas emissions & climate change
fossil fuels - one of the industries
Since 1970, CO2 emissions
have increased by
Human emissions of GHG have
increased global temperatures by
Most mass-produced products are created many miles from you and undergo several phases of travel to get to your location. When you throw away packaging for recycling, it may again undergo phases of travel to get to the recycling centre.
All that production, transportation and recycling has enormous hidden environmental costs.
how RECO helps to
solve these problems
No more single-use plastic
Our glass containers can be used for a long time. By reusing and handling them carefully, we will no longer need any extra container, not to mention a plastic one!
We use minimal packaging for delivery. Our sample delivery is packaged in home-compostable, plant-based and reusable satchels from Better Packaging Co.
On the production side, we donate the plastic pails from our suppliers for repurposing. Unfortunately, conventional packaging is still used by some of our suppliers. We do our best to reduce packaging from their end, and we believe we will inspire more positive changes as we collaborate.
Eliminate toxins from our homes, waterways and soilsWe only work with brands who are truly committed to producing toxin-free products. Read more We ensure our products contain no harsh chemicals and are free from allergens. For every product we source, we run trials with test users to make sure it’s safe for you and the machines, but also performs effectively.
A local service
reduces our carbon footprintWe operate locally in Alexandria and only deliver to customers within a radius of 9km. Read more By reusing the containers and using minimal packaging, we reduce the environmental cost of production. We source the consumable products from only local businesses or Australian brands.
designed by people,
for peopleReCo is constantly developing based on user feedback from trials, customers and social media. Read more Most importantly, we put these feedback into practice to improve our service! If you have anything to share, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at info[at]mundanematters.co
How it all began
2015: Raising awareness
Danling Xiao started Mundane Matters to raise awareness
for sustainable living.
2017: World Circular Economy Forum
Danling attended The World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki. The event inspired her to explore circular economy further back at home in Australia.
Mundane Matters worked with 9 other local businesses and volunteers, to build Wasteland, a 24-metre tall installation made from marine plastics collected from the Great Barrier Reef. Wasteland is support by the City of Sydney Art & About.
May 2019: SheStarts Bootcamp
Working with FMCG product specialist Eva Wildsperger, Danling’s initial reuse idea was selected to be part of the BlueChilli SheStarts Bootcamp. Early user research took place.
Jun 2019: London Circular Economy Week
Danling attended the Circular Economy Week in London, came back determined to create a truly waste-free system in her community.
Jul-Oct 2019: Building from ground up
Explored options, designed the initial system, collected information
and planned ReCo’s first three-month trial.
Oct-Jan 2019: Trial and findings
Learned from the trial and re-iterated the system according to
May 2020: Beta launch online
Introduced our first two products as COVID-19 condition eases in Sydney.
Why every ReCo
Fewer harsh chemicals
|Number of harsh chemicals in
conventional cleaning products
(e.g. laundry detergent)
|Allergens found in
|Preservatives, enzymes, parabens, colours and dyes, synthetic fragrance|
Less plastic pollution
|Years a plastic container
stays in the environment
Fewer recurring carbon emission (CO2e)
|Manufacturing a 1L plastic container||80g|
|Delivery (interstate) (600 miles)||115g|
|Delivering a used container to a local recycling centre||20g|
|Recycling to produce recycled plastic||35g|
|Possible sea shipping from overseas||3g|
Reduce CO2e: 253g
Avoid one plastic container staying
in the environment for: 400 years
Join the ReCo journey
Join us to co-create a greener future together.