Looking for great ideas to start your plastic-free journey?
Single-use, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. They are bought for convenience and include things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. They are some of the most damaging plastics to the environment and a good place to start with lifestyle changes.
Tips from Ku-ring-gai residents
Some great ideas from residents to kick-start your journey
- Tricia I now take my own containers to the butcher and deli.
- Lucy I've started baking my own bread and I'm using the large paper bag from the flour to line my kitchen garbage bin.
- Emma I've started using "produce bags" (made from old net curtains) when i do my veggie shop.
- Jen I take my own bread bag and containers to the bakery. The ladies at the bakery are always happy to fill then up for me!
- Alex I have my own produce bags (which are made from recycled PET) for my veggie shop. They only weigh a few grams and worth the extra few cents for the environment.
- Vanessa If I forget to take my own bags to the shop, I simply pack my items when I get to the car.
- Jenni My sister and I made our own bees wax wraps (from our honeybees' wax) and my sons collected plastic bottles to return and earn.
- Danielle I'm using my buying power to encourage businesses to reduce plastic.
- Jackie I use my own DIY ‘JIF’ cuz the scent is so good and it is really effective too. I also make my own body scrubs.
- Connie I use an awesome keep cup in stainless steel (I'm too clumsy to be safe with glass ones). Getting better at remembering to take my reusable bags with me when I go into shops or pick up a Boomerang Bag!
- Frederick We now take cloth carry bags, made from recycled fabrics, when we go shopping. These are great and are put into the washing machine when they need to be cleaned.
- Kylie I’ve started to use up some old cotton yarn and crocheted my own market bag. It stays in my handbag (in its own pouch) for those ‘top up’ grocery trips.
- Soo Woon Our family started composting veggie scraps and harvesting worm wee for the garden. Kids also started baking their own tea-cakes and cookies for school.
- Liz I made my own crackers which was fun and a great result.
- Lucy I shop at bulk stores where you can take your own clean jars for refilling.
- Jenny I make my own cleaning spray just white vinegar/distilled water (1:3) and then add about 12 drops of your favourite essential oil in a spray bottle, teat tree is good for cleaning.
Visit Bye-Bye Plastic to pledge your support as a shopper or a business trying to reduce single-use plastics.