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Where To Start This Plastic Free July

When it comes to matters of the environment taking that first step toward doing better can be hard. The facts are overwhelming… and bad practice is everywhere, but having the right intention is a great place to start... 

This month is Plastic Free July, and we're taking the opportunity to jump on the waste-free bandwagon and start saying No Thanks to single-use plastics for good.

Schools in particular go through many different kinds of single-use plastics like plastic cups, bags, straws, and countless amounts of plastic pens, that are all extremely harmful to the ecology.

All of these things end up sitting in the streets, down drains, in landfills polluting our soil and seeping into our oceans, and that is where they stay – forever! 

AusPens have replaced thousands of single-use makers that would have otherwise ended up in landfill, and that’s why we know that even one small swap can have a huge impact, preventing several tonnes of waste going into our planet each year.

Here are some of the ways that we will be reducing our plastic waste this Plastic Free July, and some of our fantastic alternatives to single-use stationary, discounted during Plastic Free July.

Just say no to take-away coffee cups...
Bringing a reusable takeaway cup to work is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to reducing waste, but what happens if you forget your cup? 

In Melbourne our enthusiasm for the perfect morning cup of brew is so much so that it's probably too realistic to assume that we would forfeit that ritual, to save using a takeaway cup in the event of forgetting our keep cup... 

It’s a ritual that makes us very wasteful… but one way I love to avoid this is to not take the coffee away at all and instead – enjoy it in the shop. It is also a quiet moment away from the desk before the day starts.

Say no to straws!
I will never forget a story my boss told me one morning, the day after she came back from a trip to Bali... “It was beautiful, "she said, “but when we went swimming we spent most of the time dodging plastic. I literally had straws in my hair.” Ultimately, straws suck! Try using a metal replacement that you can carry around in your bag, or if you’re able, ditch straws all together.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate - with a drink bottle...
We are made up of 80% water so it seems obvious that we need to consistently drink lots of water. Even being 2% dehydrated at work means we are operating well below full capacity.

Knowing all that, what good would a single-use plastic bottle do for hydration anyway? Carrying around a good quality aluminium or glass water bottle is the best way to ditch single-serve plastic bottles forever! 

Make your own toothpaste. 
This is an odd but very simple thing to do at home. It has three ingredients 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and 15 - 20 drops of peppermint oil! Say goodbye to wasteful plastic tubes and sneaky hidden chemicals...

Buy in bulk and say it with me: Produce bags!
Shopping at your local green grocer or farmers market is better for many reasons. These places use better growing and storing practices than big supermarkets do. Which means your produce is sourced locally and seasonally rather than being driven hundreds of miles to you from other places. You can also bring your own produce bags to avoid all of that plastic wrapping and styrofoam!


Make a small swap today, have a huge impact tomorrow...


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