The world around us is non stop everyday, both in our daily lives and in our natural environments. Keeping our planet pristine whilst foreign matter invades, is such a crucial and delicate balance.
Achieving a world without plastic isn’t about blame, shame or judgement. Rather, making a choice to change our own behaviour, find alternatives and reset the equilibrium.
Are you ready to make a change during Plastic Free July?
“Change: an act or process through which something becomes different”
The most powerful changes don’t happen overnight, but when each of us make one small change, the collective outcome is huge!
It’s said it takes 28 days to change a habit so I’m inviting you to jump on board and commit, in your own small way, to make a change during Plastic Free July.
Here are 10 ideas to help you get started - choosing just one will make an impact
Replace cling wrap with a Beeswax Reusable Food Wrap for school and work lunches.
Just one wrap will do the job every day for the whole year, saving metres of single use plastic wrap going into landfill.
2. Buy in Bulk
Include Bulk Food Stores as part of your normal shopping regime. They offer a vast range of foods without any packaging at all – from flour, nuts and spices to pasta, grains, muesli and rice.
You have the option to take along your own containers or glass jars or utilise the paper bags provided.
3. Fruit and Veg
Make the swap to Organic Cotton Reusable Produce Bags! When doing your weekly shop think about how you're transporting fruit and veggies home.
Remember it can take up to 500 (or more) years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill.
4. Ditch Liquid Soap in Plastic Bottles
Make the switch to bar soap, preferably cardboard packaged or with no packaging at all.
You may be surprised by the vast range of bar soaps available in different blends to suit body washing, face wash, shampoo and shaving.
Note: check ingredients to ensure soaps don’t contain palm oil, which contributes to deforestation.
5. You don't need to do things by halves!
Have you ever noticed how half a cabbage, cauliflower or pumpkin are usually wrapped in cling wrap, but the whole vegetable comes without any wrapping. It's silly really, adding additional plastic waste we don't need.
Reusable food wraps give you the ability to buy larger quantities by keeping the portions you don't use straight away beautifully fresh. Beeswax Reusable Food Wraps
Before you tear off that piece of single use cling wrap to store dinner leftovers - STOP! There is a better way.
Beeswax reusable food wraps work perfectly for covering plates and bowls, or simply place a plate over the dish.
7. Say goodbye to plastic pegs
Replace old and broken plastic clothes pegs with stainless steel ones – our premium Marine Grade Stainless Steel clothes pegs will last a lifetime.
8. Recycle More
The REDcycle bins you find at Coles, Woolworths and other participating outlets are where you can RECYCLE so many household soft plastics in addition to just bags.
From silver-lined chocolate, chip and snack wrappers to pet food bags, potting mix and compost bags.
9. Drinking Straws
At home or out and about - carry your own drinking straws.
Ditch non-reusable straws by keeping a supply of stainless steel straws in the car or your bag. Perfect for the home, picnics and out with the kids. Stainless Steel Straws
10. Takeaway Food
Next time you order takeout, let the restaurant or café know that you'll be bringing your own pot or container when collecting the food.
Your favourite cuisines will taste exactly the same and by bringing your own containers you'll be demonstrating to others how easy it is to reduce their own plastic waste. You might even start a new trend at your local restaurant!
Congratulations! By reading our 10 ideas for reducing plastic waste you have taken the first step in making a change.
Whichever idea you choose, know that you will be making a positive impact and joining the millions of people committed to the cause.
Laura Eddington - Founder and Owner Little Bumble