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PRODUCE BAGS

Swap plastic bags for cotton bags

Goal: Reduce plastic waste

You'll need: 2-6 cotton bags

Behaviour Change: Stop using the supplied plastic bags for fruit and vegetables at the supermarket and instead, bring your own produce bags to weigh and purchase produce.

SOFT PLASTICS

Put aside any soft plastics & recycle

 

Goal: Reduce plastic waste

NOT FUN FACT: 

You'll need: Cardboard box

Behaviour Change: Assign a box to place your soft plastics in, save them up and then take them down to Coles, Woolworths or other soft plastic waste dispensaries. 

BUY LOCAL

Shop locally & seasonally

Goal: Reduce carbon emissions

You'll need: Your produce bags 

Behaviour Change: Find a good local market that is on regularly (we have directories for you), take your produce bags, trolly or basket & weekly shopping list. Highly perishable items like berries, asparagus & green beans are often air-freighted3. Buying local can reduce the chance of buying air-freighted foods.

NO BEEF

Stop eating beef products

Goal: Reduce carbon emissions

    NOT FUN FACT:

Beef produces the highest greenhouse gas emissions of any other food group by far!3.

You'll need: Choose an alternative meat or veg with a lower emissions footprint.

Behaviour Change: This is a tough one for many, so make sure you're ready for it. To change this behaviour we have some great recipes and alternatives to help you curb your beef eating.

REUSABLE STRAWS

Never use plastic straws again

Goal: Reduce plastic waste

You'll need: 3-10 reusable straws

Behaviour Change: Stop using plastic straws for good! Keep a reusable straw in your bag, only accept paper straws or don't use a straw at all. Most of the time you don't even need one. 

COMPOST

Recycle your food scraps

 

Goal: Reduce global warming

NOT FUN FACT: Food organics in landfills causes over 3% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions annually2

You'll need: A compost bin or join a shared compost program.

Behaviour Change: Instead of throwing food scraps in the general waste bin, compost them.

BIO TOOTHBRUSH

Make your own enviro' dishwashing powder

Goal: Reduce plastic & toxic waste

NOT FUN FACT:

You'll need: Lectic soda, citric acid, & bicarb soda.

Behaviour Change: Switch out your toxic dishwashing powder and individually wrapped dishwasher tablets for homemade powder.

BIO POOP BAGS

Use a biodegradable dog poop bag

Goal: Reduce plastic in landfills

    NOT FUN FACT:

Some people think that using a plastic produce bag for picking up dog poop is recycling.. it's not. 

You'll need: Small bio-degradable bags

Behaviour Change: Switch out your single use soft plastics (recycle them instead) and use a bio-degradable bag. Often there is not enough oxygen to bio-degrade straight away but it is a better alternative. Know a better solution? Submit it here

SOAP IS DOPE

Swap body wash & hand wash for soap

Goal: Reduce plastic waste

You'll need: Soap & Soap bag

Behaviour Change: Switch out your body washes and hand washes in big plastic pump bottles for bars of soap. Use a soap bag in the shower for easy washing and even have a go at making soap yourself at home.

DISH WASHING

Make your own dishwashing powder

 

Goal: Reduce plastic & toxic waste

NOT FUN FACT: 

You'll need: Lectic soda, citric acid, & bicarb soda.

Behaviour Change: Switch out your toxic dishwashing powder and individually wrapped dishwasher tablets for homemade powder.

NO BALLOONS

Make reusable bunting & use paper streamers for party decorations 

Goal: Reduce plastic waste

    NOT FUN FACT:

Balloons are in the top three most harmful pollutants threatening marine wildlife1.

You'll need: One of our kinder alternatives

Behaviour Change: Stop using balloons. Switch to a reusable and biodegradable alternative.

LITTLE YOGHURTS

Big tubs & small reusable containers

Goal: Reduce plastic in landfills

    NOT FUN FACT:

Some people believe that convenience is more important than our planet! 

You'll need: Small containers with lids or silicon pouches

Behaviour Change: Lots of mums buy the single use yoghurt satchels because they are convenient but the plastic waste it causes is phenomenal! Simply switch to a reusable satchel or use a container.

Reference List

1. Sustainability Victoria n.d, Wildlife-friendly alternatives to balloons, Victoria State Government, viewed 25 February 2020, <https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/You-and-your-home/Live-sustainably/Single-use-items/Balloons>.

 

2. International Compost Awareness Week 2019, About Composting, Centre for Organic Research & Education (CORE), viewed 26 February 2020, <https://www.compostweek.com.au/about-composting/>.

 

3. Ritchie, H 2020, You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local, University of Oxford, viewed 26 February 2020, https://ourworldindata.org/food-choice-vs-eating-local.

4. Sustainability Victoria nd, Wildlife-friendly alternatives to plastic straws​, Victoria State Government, viewed 26 February 2020, <https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/You-and-your-home/Live-sustainably/Single-use-items/Straws>

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