Looking for some plastic reduction inspiration?

There’s a good chance (if your not the sort of person who lives under a rock or in a cave) that you might be aware that it’s Plastic Free July. A month that’s committed to your commitment to reduce the consumption of single use plastic in your life. (try saying that ten times over really fast). Plastic Free July has gained some serious traction on the social media and blog front providing the World with a wide range of resources to aid in weaning yourself off single use plastic.

 In reality being zero waste is a very difficult commitment in our plastic-loving and disposable obsessed economy. But small steps forward on the individual scale can result in big impacts globally. Use these news tidbits, accounts, and websites for inspiration on how you can improve your eco kudos little each day.

Postive Plastic Reduction News!

Here in Australia the big duopoly of supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths have announced plans to phase out single use shopping bags over the next twelve months. According to ABC news reports Woolworths alone hands out 3.2 billion plastic bags every year and will instead be offering thicker multi-use plastic bags or reusable hessian shopping bags at a cost to the customer. Some states already have government induced plastic bag bans in place, but this company imposed ban will hopefully have a positive effect on landfill and environmental litter across the nation.

Sorry for the ‘anti ABC’ video above, it’s a good copy of the report coverage but it’s showing the opposition to this breakthrough. It was noted in the WAR ON WASTE series on the ABC that many retailers still offer plastic bags despite bans, or sell plastic bags. While there is no doubt that less plastic bags will be great for the environment, it’s up to the retailers to make sure that it’s more than a publicity stunt or a money making ploy.

 Instagram Inspo that is Rocket Science.

If you are after a little bit of Plastic Free July Instagram Inspiration look no further than Anita Vandyke @Rocket_science. This Aerospace Engineer & Medical student provides the best eco living tips with easy to follow instructions. Add her to your feed and learn how to adopt zero waste living in a totally accessible way.

I personally love this post she did recently to use up left over tea. It takes:

  • left-over tea (Anita uses Clove tea)
  • lavender essential oil
  • epsom salts

All mixed together in a bowl, transferred it into an upcycled jar and decorated with a ribbon. The perfect gift idea!

Fight the WAR ON WASTE through your headphones.

Launched on ABC TV in May this year the War on Waste series has been a catalyst for eco thinking here in Australia. Not content with just a television series, the ABC has created a all encompassing campaign that spans across all web based mediums. The podcast series of War on Waste answers the tough questions:

  • How much food does the average household throw out each year?
  • Do plastic bags really get recycled?
  • How much food is being wasted before it gets to the supermarket shelves?

Join Craig Reucassel (The Chaser) and Wendy Harmer (ABC Sydney Mornings), as they explore the big issues in waste management, talk to those behind change, and learn how every little bit can make a difference.

The Rogue Ginger: Plastic Reduction Ninja.

Erin Rhoads of The Rogue Ginger is the real deal when it comes to zero waste campaigning. An advocate for zero waste who lives her mission Erin has been an active part in campaigns across Victoria to ban the plastic bag. A gentle soul, you will never feel like Erin is pushing her plastic free living mission on you.

Her blog is full of tips on how you can reduce your waste regardless of your current level of eco awareness or zero waste living commitment. Erin’s recent leap into parenthood makes her blog a great resource for families looking to live a more earth friendly life.

A Plastic Ocean.

If you are looking for a little viewing motivation to help you stick to your Plastic Free July pledge then look no further.  A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us. You can see this film now on Netflix and take action by heading over to the website to support the cause.

 

What motivates you this Plastic Free July? Please share it below so we can all check it out.