Plastic bags have been banned – now what?!

Plastic bags have been banned – now what?!

Hooray! Plastic bags have been banned from major supermarkets! There’s currently a Senate inquiry looking to instate a national single-use plastic ban in five years time. That means the trend is here to stay and it’s for good reason.

But trouble strikes! Are you confused with how you’re going to store your rubbish? Not sure why there is still so much pre-packaged plastic in the fruit and veg aisles? Well, these products are perfect if you’re just not sure what to do next – or if you’re keen on saving the planet.

Upgrade your bin liners

Even if you are always carrying your green bags and canvas bags to do your weekly shop, your rubbish bin at home will miss the cosy lining of a plastic bag. Have no fear! There are other companion options available which are better for the environment – biodegradable bin liners, like Multix Greener’s Compostable Bags, these offer an easy solution.

plastic bag ban home

Source: Multix Greener

Unlike their plastic counterparts, these bags break down when you’re done with them, meaning your rubbish footprint is decreased drastically. This process takes around 6 months, compared to the THOUSANDS of years plastic bags take to break down.

Switch up your kitchen products

Becoming more environmentally friendly does not mean you have to make the switch overnight, it’s the little things that count! Small actions all add up, and when you run out of your kitchen products, consider looking into more environmentally friendly alternatives.  

For example, regular foil can be switched out for If You Care recycled aluminium foilThis foil is made from 100% recycled aluminium and takes less energy and resources to produce.

Source: If You Care

Baking paper is another item you can switch up, again the If You Care baking paper is a great alternative. It contains no chlorine and is unbleached. By using this baking paper, you are saving native forests which is a great and sustainable option to help fight deforestation.

Source: If You Care

Reduce your use of single-use plastic

Don’t want to place your loose veggies straight into your basket? Snag yourself some Onya Life Reusable Produce Bags! With different colours and sizes to suit your fruit and veg, and weighing only 10g each (they barely register on the scales) they’re a perfect option! When you’re done, pop them in the wash and re-stuff into their small nylon pouch so you don’t lose them.

Onya Life Reusable Produce Bags

Source: Nourished Life

Keep yourself in check and track your progress

Tracking your progress is so important to see how much waste you’re saving! We love New Yorker Lauren Singer, who has been documenting her 6 years living waste free via her Instagram – @trashisfortossers. She can fit 6 years worth of her rubbish in ONE mason jar! She really puts into perspective how easy it can be.

Almost 6 years and counting!

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If you’re not keen on publicly documenting your experience, a logbook or diary could work for you. You could also keep a monthly tally of non-recycled or single-use plastics that you’ve used, and try and reduce this each month.

The goal doesn’t have to be going zero-waste in a week. By gradually lessening the amount of plastic we are already making a difference. By using these sustainable practices, the whole project zero-waste will definitely keep up for good. In this case especially, a little does go a long way!