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How to shop during plastic free July
Are you concerned about the current state and future of our planet? You’re not alone.
We all want to live in a beautiful environment that sustains us, our future generations and the beautiful animals that surround us. Which is why, this year more than 2 million people are participating in Plastic Free July, and you can too!
This July, we have good news. Both Coles and Woolworths have announced they’ve banned single-use plastic bags across Australia. Coles also offers plastic recycling, while Woolies says they’ll be reducing unnecessary plastic packaging on 80 more product lines, and ban the sale of plastic straws by the end of the year.
All positive shifts, but are they enough, and what can we do to help?
5 trillion plastic bags are produced every year, and while Woolworths was responsible for a chunk of it (3.3 billion), none of this includes packaging or the thousands of other retail outlets around Australia. It is progress, but we need to do more.
While the two supermarket chains have banned single-use plastic bags, Woolworths and Coles have introduced more durable, and reusable (still) plastic bags made from 80% recycled plastic for 15c each. Unfortunately, it is plastic, and most of them (91%) will still end up in landfill. Sure, it’s an improvement, but far from a sustainable solution, so we need to do out part.
Moving towards fresh produce and away from packaged foods is a way to reduce plastic pollution as well as your waistline.
Use your own water bottle
It’s becoming increasingly accessible to refill our water bottles on the go. Either at work, or at a restaurant, and now in Melbourne, we have three filtered, re-fill water fountain art sculptures - one in Alma Park, and two at District Docklands - with more to come.