Plastic-free July is a great way to take a step back and have a think about what plastic objects we could do without or easily swap for non-plastic. We have such a reliance on plastic these days and all too often we use it without thinking about it.
Here is some suggestions for simple changes that you can make without too much difficulty or expense and can make a massive difference long term:
The BIG obvious one is to buy an ecococoon drink bottle and take it everywhere with you. Help reduce the estimated 370 million plastic water bottles that end up in landfill - and that's just in Australia!
Use brown paper bags in the kid's lunch boxes for the small stuff like biscuits and crisps. No more zip lock bags.
Buy a cute bento box for the kid's school lunches to help reduce the use of cling wrap.
Put dinner leftovers in a glass container with a lid instead of using a cereal bowl and cling wrap.
Say no to plastic straws. Often cafes and restaurants just give you a straw which can be annoying but this is getting less often. If you love your straws (my kid's are straw crazy) purchase a set of ecococoon stainless steel straws and keep them in your bag, car or at home.
Switch your laundry detergent from liquid to powder. The cardboard box is easier to recycle.
Remember to take your reusable shopping bags to the supermarket.
Take your own container when eating out for your leftovers.
Do not accept plastic cutlery when taking food away.
Swap single-use razors for a razor with a replaceable blade.
Soft plastics can be recycled at Coles and Woolworths so it's worth collecting it each week and taking it in with you when you go shopping. It's not ideal but at least it's not going to the landfill.
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