How can you reduce your disposable plastic at home?
To successfully reduce plastic in the home, school or business most often will require a phase out approach. Do one thing at a time - enjoy and celebrate your successes!
The easiest things to avoid are the single use disposable bags, bottles, cups & straws.
Yes! Most disposable coffee cups are LINED WITH PLASTIC! Some cafes give a discount if you have a re-usable cup.
When you're out and about at a cafe or pub, ask for your drink without a straw!
You can also save a fortune by drinking water from a non-plastic re-usable drink bottle and always have a bunch of re-usable shopping bags in the car.
Avoid: Degradable plastic bags. If they end up in the ocean, they will NOT break down - they will BREAK UP into tinier and tinier pieces just like plastic. Many Biodegradeable plastic items will not biodegrade in the ocean, can still harm wildlife and many of them never end up in an environment where they can safely biodegrade. Many Compostable products require a commercial composter to decompose. Check if its certified 100% compostable and that it's been tested in a marine environment.
Bulk Food Stores
Take your re-usable bags, bottles and glass containers along, fill up with all kinds of food and other household products and save money. It’s important to support local businesses that value our environment.
The Garbage Bin
Avoid using bin-liners! These are causing havoc in council waste streams and costing YOU $$$! Start composting or if you live in an apartment, get yourself a Bokashi Bin. http://compostrevolution.com.au/products/ and use the juice on your indoor herb garden! Line your bin with newspaper (check the video’s on Youtube) and hose it out occasionally.
Avoid buying unnecessarily packaged products like fruit and vegetables. Buy the loose ones and put them in your funky re-usable produce-bags - available from Boomerang Bags (http://boomerangbags.org/shop/) Onya (https://www.onyalife.com/product/reusable-produce-bag-8pack/).
If we all do this and spread the word, the supermarkets will soon get the message and stop packaging them!
In The Kitchen
Wrapping your melon, lettuce and other veggies in a wet cloth or tea towel works better and is far healthier than clingfilm. Buy (or make) some beeswax wraps which can be used for sandwiches, cheeses and many other items. These can be washed and re-used.
In The Bathroom
Use bar soap instead of liquid soap and even bar shampoo instead of bottled shampoo! Buy a bamboo or wooden toothbrush and if you ask Mr Google, he’ll show you how to make your own toothpaste!
No Plastic Straws or Cutlery
Buy metal straws for you and your family members and bamboo or wooden cutlery sets are ideal for picnics and barbys!
Most re-usable items are readily available online, in health food stores or at:
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