Our team did a great job reducing their use of single-use plastics, with some team members embracing it wholeheartedly!
A few of our team members documented their experience, so we asked them to give us the low-down:
"I already take containers to bulk stores and avoid plastic products, so I came into Plastic Free July thinking “I've got this”. I thought it would be a super easy transition to remove single-use plastics every day. Oh boy, was I wrong.
The biggest challenge I found wasn’t choosing not to buy products with single-use plastic (I already did that), instead, it was realising how much plastic I was given or is included in every day products that I seemingly couldn’t avoid.
Simply buying a block of cheese posed a significant challenge. To find an entire wheel or block in wax took over a week (much to my partner’s dismay). Additionally, things like buying lunch out started to look impossible.
I found the solution to many of these issues to be preparation! For example, I now bring my own containers to the deli or sushi shop, I bring my own water and snacks on planes and I refill my current shampoo bottles at a bulk store. I developed a mind-set to simply refuse plastics when they are being handed to me.
Snack foods were extremely hard to buy without plastic. I tried making my own chocolate or buying chocolate wrapped in cardboard or foil, as well as refusing to buy snacks in single-use plastics.
One of the most challenging areas for me was the bathroom products. I refilled my shampoo bottles at a bulk store, tried hard soap and gave toothpaste tablets a go.
I still forget things occasionally and find myself walking away from buying products because I forgot to bring a container. Ultimately it was a mind-set change and now I have started I can’t imagine going back #plasticfreelife."
"At home, we switched to biodegradable bin liners for our rubbish going to landfill. Something I have wanted to do for ages! At work when I get takeaway soup, I have been taking my own container."
"Since making my beeswax wrap at work I have used it daily. I was a little sceptical to begin with as I thought it may not do the job of plastic wrap, but I have found it’s even better. The colourful fabric is also appealing for the kids to use. We have absolutely no need for plastic wrap in our home now. I just wish I had switched sooner!"
"I did the beeswax wrap workshop because it looked like a fun and crafty time, but it was so much more than that! I now use the wraps to wrap mine and my kid's lunches. Doing the workshop also opened my eyes to be more plastic-free and it has not really required a lot of effort. Demonstrating to my kids that they can and should contribute to saving the planet is also a bonus!"