As society grows more conscious about the effects of plastic pollution, there are a number of initiatives and campaigns that support the war on single-use plastic. With Plastic Free July earlier in the year, there has been a push to keep this momentum going in order to create a sustainable future.
According to Plastic Free Sea, Australia produces almost 3 million tonnes of plastic per annum, less than 9% of which is recycled. Plastics are made from non-renewable natural resources such as crude oil, gas and coal, and never break down. Below are a couple of tips and tricks to help cut single-use plastic out of your life.
- Bring reusable shopping bags with you when going to the store. Keeping a stash in the boot of your car or by your front door will ensure you don’t forget them.
- Find alternatives to cling wrap, such as wax wraps and containers.
- Use newspaper or certified compostable bin liners instead of plastic bin liner bags. You can also use a ‘naked bin’ and wash it out when needed.
- Bring a reusable coffee-cup to your local café.
Refuse plastic straws when buying a drink or seek out sustainable alternatives, such as stainless steel or bamboo options.