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Reduce Your Single Use Plastic

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Want to reduce single use plastic but not sure where to start?

You’re not alone! There are many things you can do to reduce plastic and it is a good idea to start with one or two simple things that feel achievable and go from there. Whether you want to go completely plastic free or just start reducing, it all makes a difference.

Council recently held a workshop for residents to help them to reduce plastic in their lives and below are some key tips and  ideas to help you on your way.

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Simple Ways to Reduce Plastic

1) Reusable Drink Bottle 

Getting into the habit of taking a reusable drink bottle is a simple but effective thing you can do. Don’t leave home without it!

It is estimated that 13 billion plastic disposable drink bottles are disposed of each year but only 1 in 5 is actually recycled.

Reusable Water Bottle

 

2) Free the Veg

Swapping single use plastic bags for reusable ones and unpackaged produce is another quick and easy way you can reduce unnecessary plastic.

Just remember to transfer items into either a reusable container or bag that is suitable for this purpose as produce bags are purely for transporting your food, not storing! 

Reusable produce bags

 

4) Straw no more!

A straw will last for up to a thousand years for something we use for maybe 10 minutes! They are not really necessary so ideally say no more straw!

But if you do wish to use one there are a range of great reusable options available now: paper, bamboo, silicon…

Reusable Straws

 

3) Can the Cup                            

Like reusable shopping bags, it can take a while to get into the habit of using these but work out a system that suits you. There are so many options available now too.

It is estimated that Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year.

Compostable cups are becoming increasingly popular so if you forget ask for that but make sure it is not ‘biodegradable’ as these are not the same thing and not desirable.

Reusable Coffee Cups 

 

5) Don’t cling to the wrap

You may think you can’t live without cling wrap but you quite easily can!

There are so may alternative options available from DIY beeswax wraps, reusable silicon wraps or lids and sandwich wraps to putting a lemon upside down on a plate! The options are endless!

Reusable Food Coverings

 

6) Bulk up
Invest in or save reusable containers and start by buying in bulk or bring them along and eliminate altogether!
Reusable Containers
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