Six tips to avoid single-use plastics this July – and beyond
Plastic Free July® is a great reminder that all of us can be part of the solution to plastic pollution by refusing to use single-use plastics – but it doesn’t need to stop at the end of July!
Minimising plastic waste was one of the foundational reasons that Sinchies was founded, that and creating healthier and allergy-friendly snacks in the squeezy pouches kids love.
I don’t know about you, but I love finding new ways to avoid using single-use plastics, so I thought I’d share my six tips and I’d love to hear yours.
1. Waste-free lunch boxes
According to the Waste Authority WA, the average student’s lunch in Australia generates a total of 3 kg of waste per school year. That means an average primary school of 420 students equates to 1,260kg of waste per year just from lunches.
2. Bring your own cup, or drink at the café
Did you know 500 billion disposable cups are used every year? So, a really simple way to do your part is to bring your own cup along to the coffee shop, or if you forget, see it as an opportunity to sneak a minute for yourself and savour it at the café!
3. Ditch the plastic plates and cutlery
While disposable plates and cutlery can make picnic pack up quick and easy, it’s not as easy on our environment. Bring your own plates and cutlery along (that are dishwasher friendly for time-saving). If you want to go one step further, keep some in the car so you can say no to the plastic cutlery that comes with takeout orders too!
4. Get creative with your party decorations
While balloons are biodegradable, they can wreak a lot of havoc before they break down. According to the WWF, they are also one of the highest-risk plastic debris items to sea birds. The good news is that there are plenty of other non-plastic decorations that can ensure your party still looks the part. Try bubble blowers and paper lanterns, and garlands.
5. Bring your own water bottle
With water being such an essential part of our wellbeing, having a water bottle at arm’s length is an important habit to be in. But don’t make it a plastic bottle. Invest in a good reusable one. You could even leave a clean empty water bottle in the car in case you forget.
6. Put food and leftovers in a container
Put leftovers in a container (or a Sinchies pouch) instead of covering them with plastic cling wrap. Another alternative to cling wrap are reusable beeswax food wraps. These are a great waste-free, plastic-free, reusable, non-toxic and sustainable storage solution.
Over to you, how do you minimise using single-use plastics?