With Plastic Free July here it’s a great time to take a look at your use of single-use plastics to see how you can do your bit to reduce plastic waste in our beautiful country. There’s a wonderful saying out there about zero waste that says it isn’t about a few people doing it perfectly, it’s about millions of people doing it imperfectly – that’s what will make the most difference when it comes to things like single-use plastic waste. So Plastic Free July is the perfect opportunity to start being imperfect!
Where do I start?
If you’re wondering where to start, here are a few ideas to get you underway with reducing the amount of single-use plastic you’re throwing away. Here are six quick and easy ways to make a difference:
1. Swap plastic cling wrap for beeswax wraps and reusable sandwich bags
Our beeswax wraps are made from cotton and beeswax, that’s it. The lunch sets include a sandwich wrap and a snack wrap, and once you’re finished simply wipe or rinse ready for the next day. Another popular option is a sturdy reusable zip lock bag such as the Kai Carrier Sandwich bags. These are simple to wash and are even dishwasher safe.
2. Use reusable produce bags instead of single-use bags
If you’re taking your reusable shopping bags to the supermarket, using reusable produce bags is a really easy habit to get in to – just store them inside your bags and you’ll always have them handy!
3. Use a reusable takeaway coffee cup
There are so many reusable coffee cup options out there these days. We love Ideal Cups – they’re made in NZ, easy to clean (dishwasher safe) and most importantly, have a leak-proof lid.
4. Swap plastic straws for reusable options
There are a few different reusable options available these days. If you’ve got kids, silicone is the best option as there’s no risk of injuries to small mouths. For adult straw lovers, we love stainless steel.
5. Refill reusable food pouches
Not only do baby food and yoghurt pouches create a lot of waste, they’re also expensive! Reusable pouches mean you can have the convenience of food on the go, while knowing exactly what’s in them.
6. Swap single use ziplock bags for reusable options
Kai Carrier has a variety of reusable zip-lock style bags to suit almost anything. From the small snack packs which are ideal for snacks in lunchboxes and handbags through to the large storage bags which can store meat in the freezer or dry goods in your pantry. While these are made of plastic, you will get hundreds of uses out of them and once they’re at the end of their useful life, they can be recycled.
Here at Real Good Fundraising, reducing waste and in particular plastic waste, is why we do what we do. Which is why we have all these products mentioned above available as fundraising options. So why not make the most of the awareness and momentum that Plastic Free July creates and use these products to fund raise for your school or group. Download our latest fundraising catalogue for more information on these products and how to get your fundraiser started!