Have you ever come home from the shops after buying your groceries and ask did you just collect rubbish that needs to be disposed of or recycled.

 

When you buy a week’s food in a normal supermarket – the amount of plastic packaging, plastic bags etc that you take home can be huge.

 

Plastic bags are designed for single use – so you could easily build up a huge quantity of them in a kitchen cupboard over a month or two. Of course – there are solutions for plastic bags (and other soft plastics) such as the REDcycle bins in your local Coles or Woolworths – but it would be great if you did not have this problem at all.

 

When it comes to plastic waste – it is best to not collect rubbish in the first place. In today’s blog we will look at some people who live a plastic free live – and how they do it.

 

We have been promoting plastic reduction in recent blogs such as here and here – as the global plastic pollution is getting out of control and there is no system in place to collect rubbish once it enters our oceans and seas.

 

As we wait for a global solution – it is great to see that individuals are making a change already.

 

We have previously published on saying no to plastic drinking straws and reducing plastic usage generally.

 

How Waster can help small businesses

 

Waster helps small businesses reduce costs and boost recycling with our smart waste services. We collect rubbish but cut out the extra fees such as rentals, site fees etc.

 

All our services are delivered on flexible 30 day agreements – so you do not need to be concerned about hidden roll over clauses etc.

 

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Say not to plastics and do not collect rubbish to clutter your house!

Some people have taken the jump and gone off plastic completely. The ABC recently covered some of these people and some of the tips they have for the rest of us.

 

Collect rubbish no more plastic

 

We often talk about reducing plastic usage – but what would it really mean to say no to plastic?

 

“No plastic straws, cups, plates, cutlery, cling wrap or takeaway containers, and no plastic packaging for chips, muesli bars, cereals, other foods and kitchen and bathroom products.”

 

Some of the tips mentioned in the article are forward planning and a gradual phasing out of plastic:

 

 – Stainless steel straws

 – Reusable cupcake cases

 – Grow your own herbs and veggies to avoid packaging

 – Sodastream to avoid fizzy drink bottles

 – Make your own bread and muesli bars

 – Buy fruit from markets to avoid packaging

 – Buy presents and non food items second hand – as no packaging

 

One of the best pieces of advice was that 30 years ago we had much less packaging – so if we survived then – we can cope now also!

 

Check out our blog asking can you live by just recycling cans.

 

Conclusion

 

The advice from the people who have taken the plunge is that it is easier than you may think – but should be done in stages.

 

The global plastic problem is so large – we think it is great that some trend setters like these are showing what can be done. Where there is the will – there is the way!

 

You can see a Tedx talk below on how one woman went plastic free in her life: