THE LAST WORD ON PLASTIC FREE JULY

It is the end of July and it may be the end of Plastic Free July, but this doesn't mean has to be the end of your journey to becoming plastic free. You have probably learned how to remove certain plastics from your everyday life and I'm sure some other areas were challenging. Don't let it stop here. Continue to keep challenging yourself to remove plastic from your life. We are still working on removing plastic from our life, both in the home and the workplace, but we have amazed ourselves at how much we have done. Our rubbish bin is so much smaller. No longer do we have a cupboard full of plastic bags. Cling wrap, straws, single use plastic cups, toothbrushes and kitchen scrubbers are just s

BECOME PART OF PLASTIC FREE JULY – TIP #10

Plastic is everywhere. and it may seem hard to think how can we stop using it. An estimated 20,700 tonnes of plastic are disposed of in landfill sites throughout Australia every year. We cannot continue using plastic like this. One way to reduce this is to buy refillable containers like spray bottles. When it is time to get more just buy the bulk refill amount or the concentrate and dilute. Over time, you'll buy and dispose of fewer containers. Have a look at the products in your household like a laundry detergent, hand soap, shampoo, shower gel, sauces or even baking items like flour, baking powder, salt and much more. Then look for a refillable option, particularly if they come in bulk an

BECOME PART OF PLASTIC FREE JULY – TIP #9

Just a few quick words about shopping and being a more conscious consumer. Grabbing a few items in the supermarket and placing them in a plastic bag may seem harmless…what can one bag do to the environment? However, over a year it builds up. If you do a weekly shop, you will have collected up to 2000 plastic bags or more in five years which ends up in landfill. Hard to believe. On the other hand if we reused or recycled one ton of plastic bags, that is like saving energy that is equivalent to 11 barrels of oil! So the next time you go to the shops, bring that reusable bag with you. Also, remember to recycle those plastic bags that you have stored away in a cupboard, by disposing them in the

BECOME PART OF PLASTIC FREE JULY – TIP #8

Did you know that nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled. This really surprised us, as we thought most people would think to at least throw plastic bottles into the recycling bin. Instead they end up in landfill, taking thousands of years to decompose. Rather than buying bottled water, why not use a reusable drink bottle and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. With so many choices of reusable drinking bottles and flasks many stylishly designed, that you can take anywhere (to the gym, the office, in the car, at school or wherever you need to have drinks available), there is no excuses. Something that we have learned

BECOME PART OF PLASTIC FREE JULY – TIP #7

Hope you are all having a good week and that you feel you are making progress with reducing plastic from your life. I know it is not easy – I find myself letting out a few expletives when I have left my reusable bags at home or when I buy an item thinking it is plastic free only to find the item has a plastic inner wrapping. None of us are perfect, but not trying to reduce your impact is worse. The more you keep trying, the more it will become part of your daily routine. So, I thought I should talk to you about some eco materials used in products and how we can make the swap from plastic to these materials. It is very easy to become reliant on plastic, when many of our everyday items are mad

BECOME PART OF PLASTIC FREE JULY – TIP #6

I was hoping to post this yesterday, but as most parents will understand school holiday time can be a bit hectic. It is good to be around the kids and their friends, and it still amazes me how grown up they are getting, but you do have to keep them occupied. Another way to help eliminate plastic from your life is to buy in bulk. Buying in bulk makes sense, as not only will you save on packaging, but you’ll save money (as bulk food often comes at a discounted rate) and, if you drive, you save on fuel avoiding shopping more frequently. Bulk goods require less overall transportation by the manufacturer before arriving at the supermarket. Less plastic packaging and advertising and packaging, ma

BECOME PART OF PLASTIC FREE JULY – TIP #5

For many of you, I am guessing you bring lunch to work or you need to pack lunches for your kids. One thing you can do to be part of Plastic Free July is to eliminate as much packaging from your lunch. It means out are plastic bags, throw away plastic cartons and plastic lined boxes, like crisps, packaged snack bars and pre-made lunches. Instead in are reusable lunch boxes, reusable bags and drink bottles. One benefit of having nude lunches is not only is it good for the environment, but often a lot of the processed food is eliminated by bringing nude food, as you tend to prepare healthier lunches such as pieces of fruit, sandwiches and rolls, as well as a good helping of water. Pack a Nude

BECOME PART OF PLASTIC FREE JULY – TIP #4

Who doesn’t like having a coffee or a hot brew in the morning? Many of us use the convenience of buying our drinks from a café or bistro, however with these hot drinks (and many cold drinks) comes single use disposable cups. If you thought that these single use cups are recyclable, you are wrong. Many are lined with a plastic and some claim to be biodegradable, but many are not, which means they don't compots fully and the plastic film breaks down into microparticles. Polluting of soil and waterways. Every year millions of disposable cups end up in landfill. Each of us in our own small way can do something to remedy this problem, by switching to reusable cups. Why don’t you invest in a reus