Plastic free is easier than you think

Five easy ways to be plastic-free

Five easy ways to be plastic-free

Every little bit helps. Thinking about reducing plastic usage can seem overwhelming but every effort is significant. Two-year-old Freddy Shand collecting plastic on the beach.

PLASTIC-Free July is all about promoting and encouraging a plastic-free lifestyle — and it’s easier than you think.

Every year in New Zealand, approximately 252,000 tonnes of plastic end up in our landfills and over 8 percent of waste in our waterways is plastic.

Sometimes it can all seem overwhelming, or knowing where or how to make a start is too difficult.

Here are some simple yet important ways to take a step towards becoming plastic-free:

— Shop at farmers’ markets or buy non-packaged food

The farmers’ market, or other produce markets are a great place to pick up fresh organic produce and avoid unnecessary plastic wrapping so prolific at supermarkets.

— Don’t buy bottled water

Not only are these bad for the environment, they also can impact your health.

Plastic bottles leach nasty bisphenol A (BPA) into your water which is proven to have negative effects on your health.

— Carry reusable shopping bags

This one is probably the easiest and most effective way of reducing your plastic intake. Take a reusable bag with you wherever you go, you could even just keep it in your car so you don’t forget.

— Buy second hand

Bespoke stores and opshops are everywhere and there is nothing like finding a bargain or making a purchase knowing you are contributing to a ‘re-use’ philosophy.

Here are some more ways you can swap plastic for other plastic-free materials.

Toothbrush - Try a wooden bamboo toothbrush instead of a standard plastic one.

Coffee Cup - Buy a reusable coffee cup and use it next time you get coffee to go.

Nappies - Reusable cloth nappies require a bit more effort but significantly reduce

Shampoo - Shampoo bars are en vogue and not only better for the environment but also free from chemicals.

Toilet paper - Buy toilet paper wrapped in paper or request it from wherever you shop.

Plastic food wraps - Beeswax fabric wraps make both a practical and beautiful alternative.

Straws - Choose glass or metal straws which have multi-use potential and are recyclable.

For more information, contact the Tairawhiti Environment Centre for advice or Plastic Bag Free Tairawhiti.

PLASTIC-Free July is all about promoting and encouraging a plastic-free lifestyle — and it’s easier than you think.

Every year in New Zealand, approximately 252,000 tonnes of plastic end up in our landfills and over 8 percent of waste in our waterways is plastic.

Sometimes it can all seem overwhelming, or knowing where or how to make a start is too difficult.

Here are some simple yet important ways to take a step towards becoming plastic-free:

— Shop at farmers’ markets or buy non-packaged food

The farmers’ market, or other produce markets are a great place to pick up fresh organic produce and avoid unnecessary plastic wrapping so prolific at supermarkets.

— Don’t buy bottled water

Not only are these bad for the environment, they also can impact your health.

Plastic bottles leach nasty bisphenol A (BPA) into your water which is proven to have negative effects on your health.

— Carry reusable shopping bags

This one is probably the easiest and most effective way of reducing your plastic intake. Take a reusable bag with you wherever you go, you could even just keep it in your car so you don’t forget.

— Buy second hand

Bespoke stores and opshops are everywhere and there is nothing like finding a bargain or making a purchase knowing you are contributing to a ‘re-use’ philosophy.

Here are some more ways you can swap plastic for other plastic-free materials.

Toothbrush - Try a wooden bamboo toothbrush instead of a standard plastic one.

Coffee Cup - Buy a reusable coffee cup and use it next time you get coffee to go.

Nappies - Reusable cloth nappies require a bit more effort but significantly reduce

Shampoo - Shampoo bars are en vogue and not only better for the environment but also free from chemicals.

Toilet paper - Buy toilet paper wrapped in paper or request it from wherever you shop.

Plastic food wraps - Beeswax fabric wraps make both a practical and beautiful alternative.

Straws - Choose glass or metal straws which have multi-use potential and are recyclable.

For more information, contact the Tairawhiti Environment Centre for advice or Plastic Bag Free Tairawhiti.

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