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Live well this plastic-free July with these top tips

Hi yes hello we are still in amongst plastic free July! And all this month we are hitting down a bunch of hints and tips to help you live more sustainably this month. Last week we spoke about food, which is awesome because we all eat and unfortunately plastic can sometimes be a big part of our diet (quite literally).

But… just because July focuses specifically on trying to live a plastic-free life, there are other ways you can help the environment as well. Here are our top five. 

Avoid fast fashion 

Places like Kmart, Target, Big W, and pretty much most major department stores don’t really care about you, or the environment.

What they do care about is how much you’re willing to spend on things you don’t need. The textiles industry is an absolute minefield when it comes to waste, and Australians are unfortunately ranked pretty highly when it comes to hush how many tonnes of clothes we all throw out every year.

The best way to combat this, is first and foremost… clean out your wardrobe. Find something at the back of your cupboard that you haven’t worn in forever and give it a try why don’t ya?

If you do have to get a new outfit though, buy second hand, or locally made, or borrow something from a friend. Don’t feed the beast ya dig?

Second hand first, new much (much) later

Speaking of second hand, did you know that Facebook marketplace, for example, is brimming with amazing stuff that people don’t want anymore?! Need plates? Someone has them. Need clothes, toys, furniture, anything you can put your mind to, someone out there already has one. Don’t buy new, when you can simply repurpose and reuse. You’re doing yourself a favour by saving money, and the planet will love you for it too. 

Walk, ride, public transport

If you do have to make a trip to the shops, think about how you’re getting there, and why you’re actually going. If you can walk, and hopefully you’re shopping locally, you do that thing!

It will give you a healthy dose of endorphins and give the planet a much-needed break from the carbon emissions from your car. You’re only one person sure, but you’re one person doing their very best. 

Take your own… everything

  • straw
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Bag
  • Cup
  • Container 

Always and forever. 

And finally, be innovative. 

We all know how easy it is just to nip down to Kmart and buy whatever it is we do or don’t need, but why not sit on that decision for a red hot minute first? Do you really need those cushions, or pet outfit, or giant picture of a giraffe dancing? Probably not. But if you do, you’ll probably still need them tomorrow too. 

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.