Plastic Free July – Our staff favorites and how to get involved!
June 18, 2018 (3 months ago)
Plastic free July is now upon us!
We are often asked what our must-haves are for reducing waste in the office, We have chosen some of our Staff favourites and we would love to hear from you about what steps you are taking this year to make your own home or office more plastic free!
The Plastic Free July campaign, now in its seventh year and a global movement, will kick off next month with the simple challenge for households to find new ways to reduce their plastic consumption.
“Virtually every piece of plastic ever manufactured still exists in some form today. Plastic, particularly single-use plastic or ‘throw-away’ plastic items, are not getting recycled effectively and are having a detrimental impact on our environment.” says Executive Director and Founder of the Plastic Free July Foundation, Rebecca Prince Ruiz
“With the big supermarkets moving to ban single-use plastic bags, there is no better time to turn universal awareness of plastic waste into universal action on single-use plastics. This July, our aim is to empower all households to choose to refuse and collectively contribute by making small changes to their day-to-day actions to make a big difference.”
Fressko Glass and Bamboo Flasks!
When you savour your tea, coffee or fruit water brewed-to-go in your carefully designed Fressko glass flask,
you should know that they’ve put every effort into making your beverage taste as good as possible.
That’s why they’ve eliminated plastic, rubber and take-away cup culture and created 100% BPA and chemical free,
reusable and sustainable products that will be yours to keep for a long, long time.
Glass is the most natural, safe and tasteful way to consume liquid, and we wanted to make sure when you chose to drink
from one of our environmentally friendly products, you’ll taste the made by Fressko difference. Enjoy.
Love Tea – Organic Fair Trade Tea
Love tea has chosen to create each and every one of their products with 100% compostable packaging, that means you can literally throw the box and all its contents in the compost at your place and know it’s going to fully break down, that would be a big waste though since its pretty delicious and makes a great zero waste gift!
Even the wrapping inside that looks like plastic is actually made from plants!
Organic String Bags
Each year over 380 billion plastic bags and wraps each year end up in the ocean! It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce this many bags. Worldwide, as many as one trillion plastic bags are used each year. This equates to 100 million barrels of oil!
Our String Fresh Carry Bags are made from sustainable, certified organic and unbleached cotton. The perfect size to keep in your handbag and take to the supermarket! not using the single-use plastic bags is one of the easiest switches you can do to start your plastic free journey and will help contribute to the huge change we all need to keep this planet around for longer!
Humble Brush – Bamboo Toothbrushes
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to get started is in the bathroom. Did you know that every plastic toothbrush ever sold is still around as they don’t break down!
In the United States alone it is estimated that over 850 million toothbrushes are discarded and end up in landfill every single year
In Australia, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of by Australians each year, amounting to approximately 1000 tonnes of landfill each year.
These toothbrushes are made from a combination of plastic (made from crude oil) and rubber for the hand piece, nylon for the bristles, and a mix of plastic and cardboard for the packaging. None of these items are biodegradable, therefore they remain in landfill indefinitely. They might even end up in our oceans and washed up on our beaches or consumed by marine life. If they are burnt, they release a combination of toxic and greenhouse gases.
Humble brush also give back, working with dental programmes around the world the profits go towards providing toothbrushes and oral care for underprivileged kids around the world!
Pana Chocolate – Raw, Organic, Handmade
To fit with the companies ethos “heart your insides, heart the earth”, the packaging was designed to be eco friendly – recyclable foil, soy based pantone inks, 100% recycled board – the result is a very rough, organic feel. The aim was to design packaging for the chocolate that drew the right people to it, but also to make people outside of their usual market want to try it purely because they loved the packaging. Now after a few years of trading Pana has cemented itself as a leader in chocolate, enjoyed by those looking for a raw, organic and earth friendly option as well as those who just love chocolate!
Find out more at www.plasticfreejuly.org