Giving up single-use plastic products is harder than it seems. From sandwich wraps and bin liners to shopping bags and water bottles, the use of plastic is widespread and having a terrible impact on our environment, and killing our marine wildlife. In fact, According to the World Wildlife Fund 80 per cent of marine pollution is generated by land-based activities to devastating effect.
Plastic Free July is an initiative started in 2011 by a small group of people in Western Australia and has now grown to include millions of participants across more than 150 countries to date. Their goal is to create a world without plastic, and you can do your bit just by swapping single-use plastic for a few eco-friendly alternatives.
1. Swap plastic bags for shopping totes
Fashion retailer Cotton On has collaborated with Indigenous artist Ganybu on a new limited-edition heavy duty tote bag to celebrate NAIDOC week 2018.
2. Swap plastic bin liners for compostable liners
Made with corn starch, Multix Greener Compostable Tidy Bags are great sustainable alternatives to plastic liners and are Australian certified compostable.
3. Swap plastic wrap for reusable beeswax wraps
Sustomi is a Tasmanian business and not only do they make reusable beeswax food wraps, but heaps of other gorgeous, sustainable and reusable food storage goods, too. Beeswax wraps can be washed and reused time and time again to keep your sandwiches wrapped and your food fresh.
4. Swap vegetable storage bags for The Swag bag
The Swag bags are made from three different types of 100 per cent natural unseeded, unbleached cotton and can keep your fruit and vegetables fresher for longer than plastic food bags. The bags are non-toxic, breathable, machine washable and sustainable.
5. Swap freezer bags for reusable silicon bags
Stasher Reusable Bags are made from platinum grade silicone and are plastic free, self-sealing and can be used for storage, freezing and cooking in the microwave.
6. Swap plastic pet waste bags for compostable bags
BioBag make fully certified biodegradable and compostable pet waste bags from a cornstarch polymer.