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Plastic Free July: 5 easy changes to make

July 03, 2017 3 min read

Plastic Free July is a thing; have you heard about it? It's a global initiative, and the challenge is simple: choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.

Cath, Sarah and I are dedicated to doing everything we can via Natural Supply Co to help protect the environment and reduce waste, so naturally we are on-board with Plastic Free July.

Here are five simple changes we have made, and you can too, to help minimise our negative impact on our planet.

1. Say no to plastic bags

I have become 'that person' that carries 639135 calico bags in my car so I am never without a reusable bag for my shopping. Recently, I left them in the car when I did our weekly supermarket shop, so I lumped every item back in the trolley after checking out, and packed the groceries into my bags in the car. It makes me feel stupidly virtuous to have stopped bringing wasteful plastic bags into our home!

2. Don't buy bottled water

Frank Green Water Bottle

Apart from being a HUGE waste of money, bottled water is a massive pest for the environment. The plastic bottles simply do not break down. But there are amazing reusable water bottles on the market; we all use Melbourne-made Frank Green SmartBottles, and we stock them because we love them so much.

3. Refuse takeaway coffee cups

Frank Green Smart Cup

As highlighted on ABC's The War on Waste recently, 50,000 cups are binned every 30 seconds. And these cannot be recycled; they go straight to landfill. 

Remembering to carry around a reusable coffee cup may take some getting used to, but it's a small change to make a huge environmental impact. We stock Frank Green SmartCups because we feel that these Good Design Award-winning, leak-proof and spill-proof cups are the best on the market. Plus, lots of cafes are now offering a saving on the price of your coffee if you take in your own cup: Boom Gallery in Newtown (where you can pick up your Natural Supply Co order if you live in Geelong) and the Geelong West Social Club are two cafes that offer this special; and our friends at Little Green Corner in Geelong also offer 'take away' coffee mugs which you can take and return on your next visit. A great initiative!

4. Avoid cling wrap and plastic sandwich bags

Stasher silicone bags

Packing lunches and snacks is a great way to save money. Saving leftovers for lunches is also a great way to eat well... but so often we use cling wrap without even realising in these situations. There are several ways to change habits here:

- Use beeswax food wrappers as a cling wrap alternative to use over bowls/plates in the fridge. We buy ours from Chooktopia, who we discovered as she is a Natural Supply Co customer!

- Use Stasher silicone food storage bags instead of sandwich bags to carry around snacks and sandwiches. I use mine to carry around food for Charlie whenever we are out and about; this is another product we've started to carry at Natural Supply Co as we were such huge fans as customers.

- Use glass or reusable plastic containers.

5. Ditch the Nespresso coffee pods

There is now a great alternative, made in Melbourne from the best coffee going around... and in convenient, biodegradable coffee pods. Meet Pod & Parcel; plus we are adding in a free coffee pod for you to try during the month of July, with the purchase of a Frank Green SmartCup. 

We'd love to hear from you; what other tips do you have on reducing plastic use?

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