Take Action: Plastic Free July & Nut Milk

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Ok… I am a little behind the eight ball with the Plastic Free July challenge information. One week and one day to be precise. However we can look at it from the point of view that any day is a good day to start reducing plastic.

Some of you may remember that month I spent collecting, photographing and weighing my household waste. It has been seven months since the Waste Weigh Up challenge ended but I can safely say it has changed my consumption patterns for life. While my household is yet to hit a zero waste status, each day we inch a little closer to this goal. At present my estimate is that it would take us around a year even get close to filling our 140 litre landfill waste bin. Our recycling goes out full around once every six weeks, and we compost all our green waste.

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce waste I have started to make my own nut milk to reduce the packaging that we contribute to recycling and those annoying little plastic lids that aren’t recyclable here on the Sunshine Coast. Nut milk is surprisingly easy to make. All you need is some nuts that have been soaked overnight I am using cashews, a blender, and a nut bag or cloth strainer. Then you simply blend the nuts with some water (around one cup of nuts with three to four cups of water deepening on desired consistency), strain them through the fabric or nut bag, and pour into a container. Cashew milk lasts around 2-3 days in the fridge and you can add a sweetener if desired. Don’t throw out the left over nut pulp as it can be used for a variety of recipes (just google) including a cashew cheese one I will share tomorrow.

Plastic Free July has loads of tips and tricks on how you can reduce your consumption of single use plastic items and if you register for the Plastic Free July challenge you can have these tips sent directly to your inbox.

Do you have any tips you would like to share on how you have reduced your plastic?

Perhaps you have some delicious nut milk recipes?

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Author: Katie

Katie Roberts is a self confessed 'write-a-holic' Environmental Scientist with a passion for Sustainable Fashion.

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  1. Great challenge! And I’m amazed that you manage to fill your recycling every six weeks only! That’s amazing. Next to buying my groceries on the market (so without the packaging) I also take my lunch in jars to work everyday. Next to being plastic-free it also looks quite cool:)

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    • How exciting is it when you lunch looks cool in addition to being environmentally friendly! Mason jars are so on trend at the moment! Have you seen the book by Sarah Wilson called I quit Sugar for life? She has a whole section on ‘totable lunches’ that has very cute lunch ideas.

      Thanks for your positive feedback on the recycling. It really has been a fun journey to cut back on the waste. I’ve taken to bringing my own containers and utensils when I eat out for takeaway lunch or dinner. My hubby and I are starting to become known to the staff at some of our favourite haunts because we bring our own containers. The guy at the Japanese place I visit every few weeks for a quick Friday dinner immediately started making veggie sushi for me when he saw me coming with my BYO container the other day. It really made me smile that he knew what I was after before I even order just because I was the ‘weird girl with her container’. Ha ha ha.

      Happy eco adventures and thanks for sharing.

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