So, you already have a reusable coffee cup, but what else can you use to help cut waste out of your life?
Sometimes thinking of earth-loving changes we can make to our lives can be tough. Ditching plastic straws, bags and disposable coffee cups has become the norm, so here are five other ways we can continue to be kind to the environment.
Ethically sourced and manufactured clothing
It may seem obvious, but making a conscious choice about what you put on your body can make a difference and there are many fashion suppliers coming up with eco-friendly solutions.
The Social Outfit use textiles and fabric donations, which would usually end up in landfill, from major fashion industry players to make trend-driven pieces. As a bonus, they provide employment and training to people from refugee and migrant communities in the fashion industry areas of clothing production, retail, design and marketing.
While GlamCorner is revolutionising the way we shop by allowing you to borrow high-end designer items on a pay-per-use basis – helping us to say farewell to wasting money and contributing to landfill with those one-time-wear special occasion purchases.
Dean and Audrey Khaing-Jones from GlamCorner reveal their idea came after realising that the average Australian woman only wears around a third of what’s in their wardrobe. “The other two thirds ends up as a stockpile of single-use items that were purchased for a single event and then never worn again… Australians throw away six tonnes of clothing every 10 minutes,” Dean explains.
Although it’s not a brand new innovation, some people shy away because they think they don’t have enough space or it’s too hard. However, composting is very simple with the right tools and since you can choose from indoor or outdoor composting, there are no excuses.
While some new composters may be scared of attracting rodents, pests or bad smells with an indoor set up, as long as you tend to it and manage it properly, you won’t have any dramas.
Give plastic wrap the flick
Instead of wrapping up leftovers with plastic wrap, ditch it in favour of beeswax wraps.
They are perfect for covering bowls, wrapping leftovers and they can be used time after time and easy to rinse clean.
Pack reusable produce bags
While supermarkets have nixed single-use shopping bags, there are still those small produce ones hanging around the fruit and veggie aisles.
Instead of grabbing one next time you pick up some apples or broccoli, BYO reusable produce bags. If you have trouble remembering to take them with you, try ones like these that can attach to your keychain so you’ll never be without them.
Use an enviro-friendly toothbrush
As we continue to rid our lives of plastic, do you ever think about how many plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill every year? So, instead of replacing your next toothbrush with your usual brand, try a biodegradable and compostable alternative.