This month is Plastic Free July: the perfect time to jump on the waste-free bandwagon and start saying No Thanks to single-use plastics for good.
Schools in particular go through so many different kinds of single-use plastics daily. Plastic cups, bags, straws, and countless amounts of plastic pens, and markers. That’s not to mention the amount that we go through outside of work in our day-to-day (shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes, straws, bin liners). All of these things end up sitting in the streets, down drains, in landfills polluting our soil and seeping into our oceans, and that is where they stay, forever!
AusPens have replaced thousands of single-use makers that would have otherwise ended up in landfills, and that’s why we know that even one small swap can make a huge impact, leading to the prevention of several tonnes of waste going into landfill each year.
Here are some of out fantastic alternatives to single-use stationary, discounted for the month and some of the ways that we will be reducing our plastic use this Plastic Free July.
Leave home 10 minutes earlier and have your morning coffee in-house
Bringing a reusable takeaway cup to work is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to reducing waste, but what happens if you forget your cup? In Melbourne our enthusiasm for the perfect morning brew is so much so that it’s probably too realistic to assume that we would forfeit that ritual to save using a takeaway cup in the event of forgetting our keep cup… It’s a habit that makes us very wasteful. One way I love to avoid this is to not take the coffee away at all and instead enjoy it in the shop. It is also a quiet moment away from the desk before the day starts.
Say no to straws
I will never forget a story my boss told me one morning, the day after she came back from a trip to Bali… “It was beautiful,” she said, “but when we went swimming we spent most of the time dodging plastic. I literally had straws in my hair.” Ultimately, straws suck! Try using a metal replacement that you can carry around in your bag, or if you’re able, ditch the straws all together.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – with a drink bottle
We are made up of 80% water so it seems obvious that we need to consistently drink lots of water. Even being 2% dehydrated at work means we are operating well below full capacity. Knowing all that, what good would a single-use plastic bottle do for hydration anyway? Carrying around a good quality aluminium or glass water bottle is the best way to ditch single serve plastic bottles forever!
Make your own toothpaste
This is an odd but very simple thing to do at home. It has three ingredients 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and 15 – 20 drops of peppermint oil! Say goodbye to wasteful plastic tubes and sneaky hidden chemicals..
Buy in bulk and say it with me: Produce bags
Shopping at your local green grocer or farmers market is better for many reasons. These places use better growing and storing practices than big supermarkets do. Which means your produce is sourced locally and seasonally rather than being driven hundreds of miles from other places and has been grown and stored using better practice. You can also bring your own produce bags and avoid all of that.
Make a small swap today, have a huge impact tomorrow…
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