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What can we do to go plastic free?

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What can we do to go plastic free?
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Here’s a familiar pattern: you feel guilty about using plastic and for a few days you do a stellar job avoiding it, you even go ahead and buy a tote bag, but soon enough you’re back to your old ways, leaving your head spinning. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one – that’s the story for a lot of us. The thing about plastic is that it has crept into every corner of our lives and to kick this habit, we can take easy steps to make a solid start. Here are some top tips that you can make to help you go plastic-free.

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If you find yourself buying takeaway coffee or bottled water every day, try taking your own KeepCup or other reusable coffee cups. Many stores have embraced these and will even give you a discount! Or take a few minutes out to dine in – cafés and the environment will both thank you. Using a reusable water bottle is a no brainer. Water comes out of the tap for free, so why on Earth would you pay for it?!


Buying fruit and veggies wrapped in plastic is a big no-no.  know the kind – cling-wrapped capsicums and tomatoes on foam trays – absolutely wasteful. Instead, choose from the loose section and put them straight in your tote bag and then the fridge when you get home.

Sick of buying flour, nuts, rice and even spices in plastic? There are many places now offering self-service for these and many other products. Bring your own jars and you don’t even have to repack them when you get home! They just go straight into the cupboard, how neat is that?
Did you know that you can also BYO containers to the deli? Pre-packaged meat and cheese is usually sold in plastic or styrofoam trays, but if you buy direct from the deli, you can ask them to fill your container instead.


This one is possibly the most important, with the removal of plastic bags at your local Woolies and Coles! But it doesn’t have to be a drag. Canvas bags come in so many sizes and with so many amazing designs they can be useful and fashionable

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11 comments on "What can we do to go plastic free?"
  1. Joan, July 24, 2018:

    Hi there, so anyway how do you want us to dispose of our garbage? The stuff other than recyclables & compostibles? Just saying/asking

    • Powershop, July 25, 2018:

      Where possible, we’d encourage you to reuse. There’s always a second use for something if you get creative. Otherwise, making sure your garbage is disposed of correctly and won’t end up in the ocean.

  2. Julie Cash, July 26, 2018:

    Get rid of the disposable nappies,
    Also the pads they use in nursing
    homes they do not disinigrate
    & they keep on making the furniture
    out of plastic

  3. Susanna, July 26, 2018:

    Not having access to bulk food supplies there are still many things we buy that are enclosed in ” plastic “- like rice and oats. These bags are ideal containers for rubbish that requires wrapping or can’t be composted. Haven’t missed so called single use bags at all.

  4. Jan, August 1, 2018:

    Prior to garbage liners or reusing shopping bags for your rubbish the rubbish was wrapped in newspaper and then into the garbage bin. Although this has drawbacks ie moisture penetrates the paper and it collapses, the paper is a more environment friendly option for decomposition and you may need to hose your bin more often but do it on the grass to water it and save water.

  5. Chris Landale, August 12, 2018:

    As with so many good initiatives” think GLOBALLY..ACT LOCALLY for instant results.

  6. Alison, September 21, 2018:

    I keep all my cereal bags and reuse. I would rather they be made from corn starch or some other biodegradable / compostable material but at least its NOT going straight into the bin. I have repurposed a spare toilet roll storage bin to use the cereal and bread bags for the icky sticky rubbish. Everything else not recyclable can be put in the now bag free bin.

  7. Dionne Millar, November 13, 2018:

    Compost a Pak sells corn starch garbage bags online, which is good 😊😊

  8. Marian, November 15, 2018:

    How do you find a substitute that’s plastic free for continance aids? Elderly and disabled need these to protect their skin and do not have the mobility to go more frequently and often flood so a cloth substitute is not likely to suffice. Who is going to do all the washing…water detergent and power to wash uses vital resources too that are diminishing.

    • Powershop, November 15, 2018:

      Hi Marian, while we’re passionate about being sustainable and making decisions that support a greener society, at Powershop the health and safety of our customers is our number one priority and effective healthcare products is very important to ensure quality of life so we would not recommend an alternative. Feel free to find other opportunities within the home that leads to a greener lifestyle, like buying in bulk, getting your enviro bags in check and sorting some great reusable water bottles and coffee cups on trips to cafes.

  9. Veronica Wilson, November 18, 2018:

    I have 2 netting bags (crocheted from kitchen twine) for my fruit a veg and use brown paper lunch bags for cereals, nuts,etc. when shopping. Get some funny looks at the checkout but have been doing this since I was a kid shopping with Mum (I’m 70). Have home made canvas and cloth bags for general goods. The canvas will take heavier items and all but the paper bags are washable.

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