I would like to thing that you and I are similar, we have average lives, families, we are busy. So while I liked the idea of Plastic Free July, I had 2 considerations:
- I really don’t think I could go plastic FREE. I would love too, but it’s not that easy. you would need to really, serious change your entire life. That freaks me out and really isn’t feasible.
- Why just July, I’d happily make it ongoing. Understanding that Plastic Free July are trying to get people to buy into it in the first place (and it’s a totally great idea).
So, from this, what are maybe 3 things I can do on an ongoing basis that ill reduce my plastic use all the time?
Bin liners – Put those NT Newspapers to good use!
A MASSIVE thing all over the internet at the moment is how to use newspaper as a bin liner. It’s a no brainer, especially when the piles of NT News are just sitting there.
Also, I get Hello Fresh delivered, there are lots of paper bags in there, so now I’m using them as bin liners!
Switch to Boomerang Bags
These guys are awesome!!! I’m going to be making some in my spare time and trying to get them into my local shops. Check them out!!! http://boomerangbags.org/
I’ve joined the Boomerang Bags Parap Darwin group and they are working with Parap School (Eco School supported by Keep Australia Beautiful NT).
More info on my Boomerang Bag adventures later.
the third and final thing, this is a tough one…I’m still thinking of what can I do practically to stop using plastic around the home….Well, here are a few things I’ll be looking into: http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/a-z-alternatives.html
Or, I reckon I might buy these straws…http://boomerangbags.org/shop/
Here are some Cafes in Darwin that have BYO cup discounts: https://www.responsiblecafes.org/
So, my 3rd way to reduce my plastic use ongoing, is to keep my mind open and where possible refuse plastic. Coffee cups, straws e.t.c. I’m sure it won’t always by possible, but I will make the effort.
How are you going plastic free this July?