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Four simple ways you can use less plastic

Published: 28 July 2016

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Four simple ways you can use less plastic

Plastic Free July is an international movement that challenges people to refuse single use plastic for a month. With the end of July coming up we’re taking a look at the easiest ways to use less plastic for good!

Council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan set Auckland the goal of zero waste by 2040. Using less plastic, especially single-use plastic, is a great way to start downsizing your rubbish and helping the environment.

"Think about it...why would you make something that you are going to use for a few minutes out of a material that's basically going to last forever. What's up with that?" - Jeb Berrier, BagIt movie.

Four quick and simple changes you can make to use less plastic:

  1. Say no to single-use plastic bags
    Bring your own reusable ones instead. Make it a snazzy one for extra feel-good brownie points.
  2. Use a refillable water bottle/ reusable coffee cup
    This is a no-brainer. If you were wavering about whether these are worth the investment, now’s the time to go for it – you can feel good about your choices and the environment will thank you.
  3. Shun the clingfilm
    Such a simple one but it makes such a difference over time. Instead use a lunchbox, Tupperware or even an old ice cream tub to store your lunch.
  4. Eat in at food outlets instead of getting takeaways
    No more plastic boxes and cutlery – the perfect excuse!

For more information and to find out more about reducing your plastic use, visit plasticfreejuly.org or check out makethemostofwaste.co.nz for more tips.

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