Reducing single use plastic

Avoid plastics

Did you know? Single use plastic containers and packaging are often used for just a few minutes, but are designed to last a lifetime. Get on the front foot and be part of the solution - choose to refuse single use plastic.

Energy and resources are used to produce single use plastic products so it is important to think about whether we really need to use these items or if we can avoid them, find alternatives or think ahead and bring your own. With so many more sustainable options available, making a small shift in our purchasing choices and BYO bags, bottles, cups and cutlery can make a big difference.

Over two million people take up the Plastic Free July challenge each year so why not give it a go and keep choosing to refuse all year round. Below are some top tips to get you started!

Choose to refuse!

Get prepared for Plastic Free July by checking out a few simple ways to avoid single use plastics. 

 BYO bottle, bag, cup and more!

'Bringing your own' is a great way to reduce single use plastic.

  • Put together a little BYO kit including a reusable water bottle, cutlery, bag and containers and pop it in your bag, car or take it with you when you are out and about.
  • Bring your own reusable coffee cup to local cafes - many provide a discount for BYO cups like Responsible Cafes
  • Minimal Waste CQ has put together a wonderful link to find local places where you can purchase plastic free and/or BYO containers.
Reuse, repurpose, recycle!

Reusing, repurposing and recycling plastics correctly is important to ensure these items do not end up as litter.

  • Get creative and repurpose plastic items to give them an additional use.
  • Take soft plastics to RedCycle collection bins at your local Coles and Woolworths.
  • Check the Australasian Recycling Label on packaging to ensure items are sorted into correct recycling programs. 
  • Get involved with collecting containers for change.  
  • Recycle right using your yellow lid recycling wheelie bins.
Help solve the plastics problem! 

There are some more proactive actions you can look into to help solve the plastic problem. 

  • Get involved with initiatives like plogging, Clean Up Australia Day and Take 3 for the Sea
  • Purchase items with less packaging, are recyclable and made with recycled content.
  • Write to or get in contact with manufacturers to suggest or encourage improvements to their packaging or products.

There are so many more helpful resources available to assist you to learn more about reducing single use plastic in your household. Check out some of them below.