Plastic Free July

It’s mid-way through the year and time to reflect on our choices we make as consumers.

Plastic Free July is an initiative that was started by the Plastic Free Foundation, established in 2011, and becoming a recognised not-for-profit in 2017.

Their aim is to educate consumers on how to reduce their household waste and limit their single use plastics. In doing so, we can help save over 490 million kilos of plastic waste ending up in landfill.

Saving the planet can feel like an overwhelming task, but there are lots of little things we can do that can make a massive impact. See our guide to giving up plastics below…

Go plastic bag free!

Now, this might seem like a no brainer but we all remember in 2018 when the big supermarkets brought in the plastic bag ban and people absolutely lost their sh*t. How were they supposed to carry their groceries? The audacity of those supermarkets charging 15c for a bag… 

But, it seemed to work. In the months following, the plastic bag consumption dropped by an estimated 1.5 million bags.

Our tip: Invest in a reusable bag that can be folded into your handbag or backpack. Leave a few in your car for big grocery trips. 

All guests on any of our Vegan Tours receive a reusable bag!

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Invest in reusables

Put together your own little zero-waste kit that can be easily transported. Get yourself a Keep Cup, some coconut bowls, reusable cutlery and straws, and mesh veggie bags. These are the basics that we promise you will use more than you think!

Your cup, bowls, straws and cutlery are essentials when traveling! Bamboo cutlery can easily be taken  through security at any international airport so it’s a win when refusing single use plastic cutlery.

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Give up plastic bottles

Again, seems like a no brainer but Australians go through about 370 million plastic water bottles a year! 

When trying to go zero-waste, it means being prepared. If you’re someone who walks out with a handbag, a credit card and lip balm, things are about to change…

It’s human nature that we get thirsty, so invest in a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated on the go. We’re lucky here in Australia to have clean drinking water so buying it in plastic bottles is really just silly! There are some great options available online at floranadfauna.com or biome.com.au, or you can start small by having a look at your local department store.

Bulk buy

Reducing your plastic waste is as easy as getting food in bulk. The Source Bulk Foods have stores Australia-wide where you can stock up on the essentials like rice, pasta, pulses and beans for an affordable price, without the plastic.

Bring your own containers or take advantage of their compostable brown paper bags to use. Coles Supermarkets have also introduced bulk shopping that those mesh veggie bags can come in handy for!

Recycle your plastics

New projects like Red Cycle have changed the way we can recycle soft plastics. If you are still buying some things in plastic packaging (that’s ok!), hold onto them for a week (we keep ours under our sink), then drop them off at your nearest Coles or Woolworths to be upcycled into play equipment and road infrastructure.

Make little switches

Using soap for shampoo? Putting deodorant on with your fingers? Some of the easiest ways to reduce your plastic intake is to look at your skincare routine.

The Australian Natural Soap Company have an amazing range of soaps that can be used from shampoo and conditioner, to washing powder and soap dishes.

The more we find out about anti-perspirant deoderant, the more afraid we get! Which is why we’ve switched to using plant-based deo’s that make us smell nice and don’t harm the planet!

Our favourite brands are Woohoo Body and Earthlette Pit Paste which use recyclable packaging.

So – what are you doing to help the planet during #PlasticFreeJuly?

Remember every little thing counts! If you’re already doing all of the above, why not make a change by encouraging friends and family to get involved. Ask your local cafe to stock bamboo straws instead. Refuse plastic bags when they’re offered. Bring your own containers for takeaway.

Let’s look after Mother Earth together!