After watching a documentary on the ABC called War on Waste it made me think about how we live our lives. How we have become a throw away society. My family needs to change its behaviours so we can protect our environment for my children and future generations.
If you haven’t seen the documentary I highly recommend watching it on iview. War on Waste’s mission is to see if as a nation we can reduce our waste. It discusses lots of topics but the main things that stuck with me are:
- Australia is one of the most wasteful countries in the developed world
- Australians use 10 million plastic bags a day
- The average family throws out over $3,500 worth of food every year
- Farmers have to dispose of huge volumes of fruit as it’s shape doesn’t not meet supermarket standards.
- Take away coffee cups are not recyclable
I am guilty of being wasteful. My laundry is overflowing with plastic bags. I have a coffee addiction and usually get my coffee in a takeaway cup. Oh and don’t get me started about the food we waste, especially with young children.
Now that I have owned up to being wasteful it is time to make a change. I decided to sign up to the challenge and go plastic free . When I really started to think about it and look around the supermarkets I discovered it is actually very hard to avoid. So I am taking baby steps and avoiding as much plastic as possible.
This is what I will be doing to help out our environment.
Refuse Single Use Plastics
Plastic bags, straws, takeaway containers and bottles break up, not break down. This means that are becoming a permanent pollution. Lots of plastic ends up in the ocean and scientists predict there will be more tonnes of plastic than tonnes of fish by 2050.
BYO Coffee Cup
No more coffee in takeaway cups! I am happy to discover that there are some awesome cafes in Perth who are also doing their bit for the environment. Offering discounts on coffee when you bring your own coffee cup. Click here for a list of cafes where you can BYO your own cup.
I encourage you to reuse a cup rather than a single use paper cup which can’t be recycled. If you need to purchase a reusable cup yourself click here for a great range.
Make my own cleaning products
I usually make my own cleaning products but I will be making more of an effort to always do this. This way I will avoid the plastic containers they come in and I can reuse my own spray bottles. I even knit my own cleaning cloths which avoids buying dish cloths wrapped in plastic.
Keep Australia Beautiful
As a child I remember there were lots of campaigns to Keep Australia Beautiful. We would spend a day picking up rubbish on the side of the road. I like to think that doing this in my childhood has instilled good behaviors.
Now when we camp or we are out enjoying nature we always leave the place better than we found it. We will pick up rubbish and put it in the bin or take it out with us if there are no bins around.
I am starting with these four things and hopefully I can change our bad habits for good. I am sure that I will learn lots of other tips and tricks along the way.
If you want to join millions of people around the world and participate in Plastic Free July then click here for more information.
Have you watched War on Waste? Are you doing plastic Free July?
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