Plastic is one of the most widely used and cheapest materials in the world and it’s everywhere. As consumers (and business owners) we now need to make better choices to stop the downward slide that is polluting our health, wildlife and our earth 🌏
In the last year, we've made the change to swap our plastic Smoothie Bombs wrappers for a compostable alternative. We also use cardboard tubes that can be recycled in your council bins. We have stopped adding hard copy invoices into your orders and we are constantly sourcing new and better ways to reduce plastic in our office. We are not perfect, but we are trying.
As a brand, we feel very strongly about this. I want my daughter's children to have the same beautiful planet as I did growing up and I am truly concerned that it may not be the case and it may be my generation’s fault. I’m prepared to change. Are you? 🍃
Starting tomorrow (July 1st) Millions across the globe are joining forces to create the Plastic Free July initiative and we’d love to help you jump on board too.
Here are some simple tips on how to start:
- Refuse plastic bags, period. - single use plastic bags should be banned. The more we refuse to use, the less there will be. Simple. Bring your own bags when shopping.
- Stop buying veggies in plastic at your supermarket - it's time we speak with our dollars and stop supporting big companies who are not backing this initiative. Bring your own produce bags as a way to avoid using their plastic packing bags.
- Stop buying plastic water bottles - These are a major culprit in pollution out ocean and there is no need for them. Buy a reusable water bottle and bring it with you.
- Save your jars - support stores that provide bulk ingredients like The Source. They are growing in numbers everyday.
- Have containers ready - pop some in your car or in your bag for when buying take away. Encourage your favourite eateries to offer incentives for customers that bring their own container.
- Buy reusable cutlery set - if you’re often eating out for lunch at work, bring your own cutlery.
- Stop using single use coffee cups with plastic lids - more and more cafes are now offering discounts for bringing your own cup in. There are also Aussie brands like Keep Cup & Frank Green that have cool personalised cup options for coffee on the go.
- Refuse plastic straws - there is absolutely no need for plastic straws nowadays and if you really do want straws then buy stainless steel or bamboo versions. Our straw set comes in a handy carry bag so you can bring them on the go with you.
- Stop using Cling Wrap - There are great reusable food wrap products out on the market providing alternatives like South Australian based company Wrappa
- Stop using plastic nappies - This is for the mums, choose reusable nappies or shop smarter for disposable ones. If you're game, check out Bare and Boho for reusable nappies here
Above all try your best. It can seem overwhelming to change all your habits at once, but small steps can really make a difference, so don’t feel guilty if you slip up.
That’s why this challenge is a great place to start. Joining Plastic Free July can help bring awareness to our overuse and hopefully bring about change.
(BHSc Nutritional Medicine)
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