HAPPY NEW YEAR!
4 EASY RESOLUTIONS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOU
& MOTHER EARTH
To ring in the new year, we thought we’d share 5 really simple resolutions that are good for you AND good for the earth. These things are super easy to welcome into your life for 2018, and will make a huge impact if we can encourage others to take them up too.
Hello to the new year, and all our wishes for a wave-full, love filled and sustainable 2018.
1: TAKE YOUR OWN CUP EVERY TIME (AND WATER BOTTLE, BAG & STRAW!)
Once you invest your time in collecting a few good items, you’re all set to refusing the top 4 contributors to plastic in our everyday lives.
- Get a beautiful KeepCup (or Frank Green, Sol or Joco - whatever your flavour is) or just use an old glass jar (that would usually go to recycling) or take a kitchen mug for your daily takeaway coffees.
- If you drink 2 coffees a day and take your own cup, on the 1st day of 2019 you’ll have saved over 700 takeaway coffee cups!
- (Remember - with that thin plastic lining, they can’t join the other soiled paper items to be recycled - so if you’re not taking your own, you have to throw those cups into landfill. Campos has a cup that is fully biodegradable - but it still takes alot of energy to make and if it’s trapped inside a plastic garbage bag… it’s not biodegrading any time soon)
- Once this daily ritual has been set as sustainable (in our lives and for the earth), drinking from a plastic water bottle, using a plastic bag or using a non paper straw will start to feel very weird, and making sure these reusable items are always with you #thumbsup.
- 2: TAKE 3 FOR THE SEA (RIVER, TRAIL, BUSH, STREET)
- This is a no brainer. If you see rubbish, especially plastic (even the tiniest items like bottle tops, whipper snipper thread, pieces of nylon rope) pick it up, pop it in your pocket and save our fish, dolphins and swimmers from being swamped by trash. Take 3 for the sea every time you’re out, even when you’re upstream. Hype with #take3forthesea
- 3: START RECYCLING SOFT PLASTICS (OBVIOUSLY CONTINUE TO RECYCLE PAPER, TINS, GLASS & RIGID PLASTIC)
- RedCycle has worked with Woolworths, Aldi & Coles to have bins at their entrances that you can drop any soft plastics to for recycling. Anything you can scrunch in your hands is classed as soft plastic (pasta packets, biscuit or rice cracker trays, mars bar wrappers, clean cling wrap and ofcourse any plastic bags you have left over). Easy, great info here.
- Just set up a little tote bag near your bin, add any soft plastics and take it with you when you go to shop (plus you’ll already have a reusable bag in your hand to bring things home in!
- They are also both phasing out plastic bags, so you hopefully won’t need to be taking them in anymore!
- 4: START A COMPOST
- Now that your rubbish bin has no recyclable glass, tin, plastic, soft plastic or paper in it, taking out the 35% of our waste that is food, is going to leave you with literally a tiny amount of waste remaining to go to landfill.
- Most councils are giving away compost bins (or selling them for $10!) - check here to see how you can get one.
- If you have a yard (even a small one), use a large compost bin, dig a hole to fit a wide piece of plumbing PVC, throw some worms and your scraps down there (move when it’s full for mini compost soil boosters) or just create a compost pile in a further away corner and cover with coffee sacks.
- If you don’t have a yard, set up a tupperware in your freezer to store scraps each week - and sign up to ShareWaste to find someone with a compost bin right near your house you can drop around your scraps to.
- That, or set up an indoor Bokashi worm bucket bin inside a cupboard or near the back door (they are tiny, scentless and pump through compost super fast!) for apartment style composting.
- Amazing plastic bag image by Bobby Doherty.