Refuse Single Use Plastic

Single Use Plastic

You are probably very aware that plastic pollution is everywhere. But did you know that it is entering our food chain and we are now consuming it in more ways than one. I came across a scary statistic the other day saying by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than marine life! Unless we do something about this, we are going to find out the hard way what the health implications of this will be. Refusing single use plastic such as plastic bags, plastic water bottles and plastic straws, is a great start to fixing the problem.

Eliminating plastic from your life takes a great deal of effort and I have to admit, I’m no where near the point of achieving it as yet. It’s everywhere. You just have to step into the supermarket and you are set up for failure!

But not all is lost though and I have had some great successes that you too can achieve such as:

  • taking reusable bags shopping with me and refusing disposal plastic bags
  • avoiding take away food (well at least takeaway in plastic containers)
  • saying no to straws
  • avoiding buying plastic packaged processed food
  • refusing bottled water and using a reusable bottle
  • refusing disposable coffee cups and always having a reusable cup handy
  • really thinking about my purchases and avoiding plastic where I can
Low Carbon Living

Having a Keep Cup handy ensures I don’t use disposal coffee cups anymore

My latest win has been the elimination of cling wrap. I ran out of it recently and refused to buy it again. How do I survive without it I hear you ask, well actually really easily.

I discovered reusable beeswax wraps. What a marvel they are! Not only do they work well, they look gorgeous too. Of course I still have the plastic tupperware type containers that I have collected over the years until I saw the light, so they also eliminate the single use of cling wrap but I have to say the beeswax wrap is proving to be a success.

Waste-free

Beeswax Wraps have replaced the need for single use plastic cling wrap

They are living up to their claims of being sustainable, waste-free and non-toxic as they are made from 100% organic cotton infused with a blend of organic beeswax, tree resin and coconut oil.

They can be used for wrapping sandwiches for lunches, wrapping cheese and covering food in the fridge. After use, you simply sponge with some detergent and cold water. Apparently they last for one year and being biodegradable and non-toxic, they will break down in the ground, making it safe to continue to grow food. A perfect example of cradle to cradle design.

Another bonus with the wraps I’ve bought are they made in Australia. Also they are contributing to the increase in the honey bee population which has been rapidly in decline. You may find them expensive at $45 for four different sized wraps but so far I’m really impressed with the investment. Besides you’d most likely spend more than that per year on cling wrap that either ends up in landfill or our oceans.

My next challenge for the family is to no longer use plastic toothbrushes. I’ve just purchased environmental toothbrushes made from bamboo by another Australian company. All components of this product are biodegradable meaning that, unlike every other toothbrush I’ve used in my lifetime, this one won’t outlive me and will be kind to the environment.

Waste-free

Biodegradable toothbrushes designed by an Australian company

Still not convinced about making a change? Then watch Jeff Bridge’s video to see just what a problem plastic has become in our short lifetimes.

Until next time…..

Michelle