2020 has been a weird year for all of us, and while the environment was front and center of our minds during the bushfires, we have been a little preoccupied with other things since.
But our climate and environment still need our help and with a few simple changes to our lifestyle, we can reduce plastic waste around the home.
Every little bit counts.
1) Swap It Out
You've heard this before, but simply swapping throw-away plastic items with reusable ones can save tons of plastic waste from ending up in landfill.
Swap out: takeaway coffee cups
Our HuskeeCup is one of our most popular reusable cups - it's made from recycled coffee husks!
Or if colour is more your style, you'll love the Porter Ceramic and Silicone reusable coffee cups
Swap out: plastic drink bottles
There's no reason you can't take water with you everywhere when you have a Memobottle drink bottle. The Memobottle is a stylish flat drink bottle that goes where no other bottle can go - in your handbag, laptop bag, even a clutch purse! We never leave the house without it.
Swap Out: Cling Film
The humble Glad Wrap has kept our food fresh for decades now, but think about how much cling film you use daily. It's a lot, isn't it!
Instead of using Glad Wrap, why not use Beeswax Wraps. They are organic, last over 12 months, and are compostable at their end of life. They are perfect for wrapping lunches, bread, cheese, vegetables - just don't use them on raw meat. We love them, and they have saved so much cling film usage in our home.
Swap out: Ear tips
The LastSwab reusable ear tip has completely revolutionized the beauty industry. Made with a soft-feel medical grade silicone tip and a strong nylon rod, the LastSwab reusable cotton tip is designed to safely clean your ears - without harming the planet. Each Lastswab saves 1000 ear tips from landfill - and they look great too!
2) Don't Bring It In
Use the power of consumer choice and let supermarkets know we don't want plastic! How? Bring your own grocery bags and fruit and veggie bags so you don't use the ones provided. It sounds like a pain but it's amazing how quickly bringing your own becomes a habit.
We've partnered with Melbourne brand Toko to create an Eco Shopping Starter Kit. The Kit contains 2 super-strong (and surprisingly big) grocery tote bags, and three mesh fruit and veggie bags. It's everything you need to make your next grocery run plastic free.
3) Reuse What You Have
It's pretty common to use supermarket plastic shopping bags as bin liners, and in fact that's the number one reason people give for not using reusable bags.
But when you look around your house you'll see that everything is a bin liner! Reuse every piece of bag-shaped plastic as a bin bag before you dispose of it. This includes the inner bag in cereal boxes, the little plastic bags take away food often comes in - you'll be surprised just how many plastic bags make their way into your home even without the supermarket ones!
With just a little bit of effort we can make changes that will help prevent the world from drowning in plastic.
Good luck with Plastic Free July!