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Plastic Free July: 6 Ways to Get Involved

From switching to refillable products to buying a reusable coffee cup, here are our top tips to being more sustainable and becoming less reliant on single-use plastics.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that provides people with resources and ideas to reduce single-use plastic wastage for cleaner streets, oceans, and communities.

The need to protect our environment by switching to more sustainable living practices has become more and more urgent. Right now, around 40% of all plastics used are single-use only, and WWF Australia has reported that we use roughly 130kg of plastic (annually, per person), and 130,000 tonnes of plastic ends up in our waterways and ocean each year.

To make a positive impact this Plastic Free July, you can make small, simple changes to your routine. From switching to refillable products to buying a reusable coffee cup, here are our top tips to being more sustainable and becoming less reliant on single-use plastics.

1. Switch to Biodegradable Kitchen Plastics

Ditch traditional kitchen plastics and opt for sustainable sugarcane alternatives via Sugar Wrap. The range, available to shop at Woolies (and online) spans eco-friendly zip lock bags, bin bags, freezer bags made entirely from sugarcane-based Bio-PE and corn PLA renewable products.The range starts from as little as $3.95 and comes up cheaper per use than many of the mainstream brands that are stocked in supermarkets.

2. Buy a Reusable Coffee Cup

Making the switch to a reusable coffee cup can go further than reducing the use of single-use plastics, in fact, opting for an eCoffee Cup (RRP $14.95) can keep your coffee warmer, for longer and saves you money in the long run, as many cafes have a discount for those who supply their own cups.

eCoffee cup available to shop via urbanethos.co

3. Shop for Refillable Products

Go for products that you can replenish as required without the environmental impact from single-use waste. Instead, seek out products that allow you to reuse such as Eco Cleaning Turtles, a range of natural cleaning products that use effervescent tablet technology that dissolve in water to produce a range of sustainable cleaning products thats better for your home, and the planet. 

Available to shop via ecoturtles.com.au

4. Shop Stylishly Sustainable Homewares

When it comes to styling up your home, there are plenty of ways to do this with the environment in mind. Swap out trends and fast-made products, for beautiful handmade products. Our favourite local homewares brand Jones & Co are all about artisanship, quality and small-batch runs. All their materials are sourced by sustainable means and are made to last. If you're in the market for a vase or planter to support your plant obsession, may we suggest their new Nude Collection. Celebrating the beauty of the human body, each piece is equal parts cute and naughty.

5. Work Towards a Plastic Free Self-care Routine

Beauty, skincare and self-care products are notorious for being packaged in an obscene amount of plastic. To help curb this, you should start looking for products that are refillable and reusable so you can limit your plastic waste.

This year, The Body Shop is launching the rollout of their refill stations in each of their Australian stores. Starting at their Emporium and Highpoint stores in Melbourne this month, they are wanting to make refills easy, convenient and accessible to everyone. To get started, just pick up your refillable aluminium bottle and choose from 10 of the brand’s best-loved shower gels, shampoos, conditioners and hand washes. Once you’ve finished, give it a rinse, bring it back and refill it.

6. Plastic Free Retail Therapy

Make informed decisions the next time you indulge in retail therapy, and put your money where your eco-consciousness is. 

Nimble Activewear is an eco-conscious, Australian label which moves with the intention of celebrating women, embracing self-acceptance, and paying respect to the environment.  On average, six recycled plastic bottles are used in each pair of their leggings, with two to four recycled plastic bottles used in their sports bras and singlets.

This year Nimble Activewear marked a milestone which saw them reach their initial goal of saving over 1 million recycled plastic bottles from ending up in our landfill and oceans. Their collective goal is to become a fully sustainable brand with zero waste, acting within the limits of their natural world and never taking more than they can give back.

Local faves from across The Ditch, New Zealand heritage brand, Glassons are all about sustainability. Last year, Glassons reached their goal of 30% of their entire collection being sustainably sourced and are currently working to a realistic goal of being at least 50% by the end of 2021 (and a long-term goal of 100%). To date, Glassons has also eliminated 90% of single-use plastics within the business.

Join cool clothing company Afends in raising awareness to single-use plastics with the annual F*ck Plastic activation. For this month, Afends will be donating 10% of sales from their capsule collection to support Plastic Free July. In collaboration with Max Deboo, this limited-edition capsule speaks to the idea that there is a paradox in every paradigm. The paradigm we are stuck in is single-use plastic wastage, and the paradox is that we continue to abuse single-use plastics despite knowing the harsh environmental impacts.

Learnt a thing or two about Plastic Free July and looking for more ways to be eco-conscious? Another easy way to start is by reevaluating your food waste, and making small changes in the kitchen. From there, you can learn more about making your home more eco-friendly with our helpful tips and tricks.