Single Use Plastic Top 10 tips
1. Take your own reusable bags to the shops. Bags made from cloth such as hemp and cotton can be washed. Buy here:
2. Recycle your plastic wrappers and bags at Coles. Plastic wrappers and bags can be deposited at Coles stores for recycling.
Your nearest Coles store: https://www.coles.com.au/store-locator
3. Take a cardboard box to the fruit and vegetable store to carry your food. Reuse it. Take reusable bags for fruit/vegies. Ask the grocery store for an empty box.
4.Take a reusable mug/cup to the coffee/juice shop. Coffee cup lid – request no lid. Buy here: http://www.keepcup.com.au/
5. Take a reusable straw made from glass or metal when you buy a drink. Buy here: http://www.glassstraws.com.au/
6. Find an alternative to cling-wrap. Instead of cling-wrap – use glass containers, or items such as a Tupperware lunchbox to carry sandwiches and food items. Use alfoil as last resort (recyclable).
Make your wrap from beeswax cotton. http://myhealthygreenfamily.com/blog/wordpress/plastic-wrap-alternative-diy-beeswax-cotton-wraps/ Buy here: http://www.biome.com.au/274-lunch-boxes http://www.shopnaturally.com.au/lunch-boxes.html
7. Bring your own cutlery and plate. Take your own metal cutlery and plate when having a picnic or eating at an outdoor event where plastic cutlery is handed out. Buy here:
8. Use a reusable drink bottle made from metal. Buy here:
9. Avoid products with plastic microbeads (found in personal care products), there are phone apps. and sites such as this one http://beatthemicrobead.org/en/product-lists which list products that are free from microbeads. This site lists products that contain microbeads. https://onepercentfortheplanet.org/2014/10/a-list-of-products-that-contain-plastic-microbeads/
10. Use newspaper to line your bin.
Keep your free community newspaper or buy another newspaper.
For more information, visit this website which has 100 steps to become plastic free.