We all know limiting the amount of plastic we use is important, but it can feel overwhelming at first.
Here’s a few easy ways you can cut down on plastic:
1) Ditch the plastic bag
Be prepared! Keep a few reusable bags in your car, at work and in your handbag (there’s even purse-sized bags for emergencies!) Or, if you’re planning a bigger shop – why not take a few cardboard boxes? You’ll be surprised how much you’ll be able to fit, and as a bonus, you’ll get a great arm workout!
2) Say goodbye to the plastic drink bottle and get creativeWith so many refillable water bottles in the market these days, there’s no need to buy single-use plastic water bottles. Not keen to buy a new bottle? That’s ok! Why not rescue a glass bottle (or jar) from your recycling bin? Using a refillable water bottle will save you money and the environment.
If you ever forget to bring your water bottle, don’t panic. You can find a fountain around our beautiful city, or purchase a glass bottle of water and reuse it.
3) Keep your coffee greenAustralians love a good flat white and they taste just as good in a reusable coffee cup. Single use coffee cups are not recyclable in most locations and even ‘compostable’ cups are rarely composted correctly. You can easily bring along your own reusable cup to your favourite cafe in the Perth CBD. Remember to keep it in your bag, on your desk or in your car. There’s no need to buy anything fancy - you can even bring a mug from home!
4) Say no to plastic strawsSingle-use straws are only used for a few minutes yet remain in the environment forever – but it doesn’t have to be this way! When ordering a drink at your favorite Perth bar or restaurant, ask for no plastic straws before your drink is made.
If you can’t say goodbye to the straw, try a sustainable option! There are stainless steel, bamboo and glass options available, and even foldable reusable straws you can easily keep in your pocket.
5) Bulk up
Grocery shopping can get tricky when you’re trying to cut back on plastic, as everything from veggies to bread can be wrapped in plastic. You can easily limit plastic packaging by visiting your local bulk food store, such as Kakulas Brothers. They’ll offer paper packaging, or you can bring your own jar to fill up with dry goods.
Farmer’s markets are also a great way to get fresh produce without the plastic, have you checked out Perth City Farm yet?
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