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Making Sustainable Switches in Your Household for Plastic-Free July

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Plastic-Free July is an initiative that began in Western Australia in 2011 and is now a global movement. Its foundation encourages individuals and households to reduce plastic consumption and make sustainable choices. By participating, you can contribute to preserving our planet and creating a healthier environment for future generations. In this blog, we will explore practical and impactful switches you can make in your household during Plastic-Free July to reduce your plastic waste.

Ditch Single-Use

Plastic Bags: are now banned Australia-wide, which has been a positive step forward. However, the alternative options to plastic bags have proven to be just as problematic if they are not reused as often as intended. A cotton bag needs to be reused at least 131 times to be more sustainable than a plastic bag, thanks to the resources used in its creation. Keep your bags handy so you’re always prepared for shopping trips.

Reusable Water Bottles: An easy switch you can make nowadays is giving up single-use plastic water bottles and choosing reusable ones instead. Stainless steel or glass bottles are excellent and durable options; plus, many places like sporting stadiums and airports are onboard, too, with more refilling stations commonly available.

Coffee Cup: The takeaway coffee you just brought in a disposable cup will take 30 years to break down. If you need coffee (we’re parents, of course, we do!), bring your own keep cup or sit in.

Sustainable Food Storage

Choose Reusable Containers: Opt for glass or stainless steel containers for storing leftovers and packed lunches. These alternatives are not only plastic-free but also safer for food storage.

Food Shopping: If you have a bulk food store available, shopping there minimises packaging waste and is a mindful way to do your shopping. Bring your jars and containers, and get the kids involved if they’re older enough.

Parenting

Cloth Nappies: By switching to cloth nappies, you will help eliminate the average 7000 disposable nappies one child will use in their lifetime. Even if you decide to use cloth part-time, you will still be making a significant difference in the reduction in landfill.

Wet Bags: The unspoken hero for parenting. While wet bags are primarily advertised to store soiled cloth nappies, they also are perfect to pop into your child’s childcare or school bag for dirty or wet clothes. Childcare centres are notorious for sending home dirty clothes in flimsy single-use plastic bags, so including a wet bag will help eliminate this plastic.

Cloth Wipes: Wet wipes are needed for parenting – dirty bums, faces, and sticky fingers are just some of the circumstances where pulling out a wet wipe is very useful. But rather than using a single-use wipe containing plastic that will take 100s of years to decompose, switch to cloth wipes to help sewerage systems (they are often flushed), landfills and also your hip pocket!

Sustainable Shopping Habits

Shop Local and Package-Free: Visit local farmers’ markets or stores that offer package-free options. Or order a box of fresh produce direct from a local farmer or supplier. This is not only a great way to save money and eat in season, but you will also have fresher food (that hasn’t travelled for weeks/months via the supermarket) and save packaging as most will be supplied ‘naked’ (the way we like our fresh produce!).

Choose Sustainable Packaging: Look for products packaged in eco-friendly materials such as glass, cardboard, or compostable packaging.

Reduce Online Shopping Impact: If you order products online, choose companies that prioritise minimal packaging and eco-friendly shipping practices. At Green Things, we use 100% compostable packaging and communicate with our suppliers to remove as much packaging in the supply process as possible.

Spread Awareness and Encourage Others

Share your Plastic-Free July journey on social media, inspire others to make sustainable switches, and provide tips and resources to help them get started. Encourage friends and family to join you in this plastic-free commitment and create a positive ripple effect within your community.

By making small but impactful switches in your household during Plastic-Free July, you can significantly reduce your plastic consumption and contribute to a more sustainable future. Remember that it’s not about perfection but progress. Each switch you make adds up and is an opportunity to create lasting habits and inspire others.

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