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Plastic Free July!

Written by Stephanie on June 30th, 2014.      0 comments

Did you know we throw away 22 million plastic bags each week in New Zealand?  These take 20 years to break down in a landfills.  There is 189,000 tonnes of plastic dumped into our landfills every year.  We find that very concerning.  What can we do to limit that?

This month is 'Plastic Free July'  It is a simple idea developed in Australia in 2011, which aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the the use of single-use plastic during July each year.  What a fantastic way of reducing plastic in landfills!  We love it!!

They have created a challenge that you can sign up for.  Schools, cafes, government agencies and community groups across the world have joined thousands of individuals saying no to single-use plastic.

Of course you don't have to sign up, but just take the challenge yourself.  The challenge is quite simple - attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.  'Single-use' includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging...basically anything that's intended only to be used once and then discarded. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles & coffee cup lids).

Sweetree we will be taking the challenge!  We have actually been eliminating plastic for a while.  At home we store food in glass jars and containers, using the old biscuits tins for baking, using stainless steel drink bottles, reusable coffee cups, saying no to plastic bags at shops (although have been a bit slack on this lately, so will focus on this again) and starting to use Honeywraps instead of plastic food wrap.  All our honey is stored in glass jars, our propolis in glass bottles, we use paper bags instead of plastic at the markets and we are investigating a non plastic alternative for packaging our bee pollen.  But we can always do better!  This month we will really be careful about the products that we buy and eliminate plastic packaging, especially single-use plastic, as much as possible and make sure I always have those cloth bags with me when shopping.

Why not join thousands taking the challenge to refuse single-use plastic?  Any time is better than none - a day or a week, the whole month or longer!  If you want to you can sign up to get recipes, ideas & everything you need to take part.  We will be posting more blogs with ideas of how you can reduce plastic though out the month also.

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Topics: Enviromental



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