If you’re Australian you’ll see this week one of our two major grocery stores has decided to bring back free plastic bags, one month into removing them. This has kicked off a bit of backwards and forwards on social media. Here’s my dream…
It’s not the grocery store’s fault that they have decided to make plastic bags free and available again. They respond to demand and backlash, and we need to realise that every decision we make as consumer’s has an impact. That’s our demand, and capitalism says that the stores will provide the consumer what they demand. Basic economics.
We need to be conscious that whatever choices we make on a daily impact on so much around us. We hold the power. Look at the movements currently happening around plastic straws, that has come from some of us making a stand and saying no, and telling our friends why they should also say no.
Conscious purchasing is being aware constantly, so not switching off and doing the same thing you’ve always done. It’s about looking for a box if you’ve forgotten your bags, or saying telling the bartender “no straw” before they make your G&T. Or, even looking for the fruit not wrapped in plastic rather than grabbing a bag for the bunch of bananas.
There are options out there, but the problem is there are more plastic items than not on the market. And, finding the plastic-free alternatives is hard, time-consuming and sometimes expensive. What I want is to hook-up with these plastic free movers and shakers and make it easier for all of us to find these alternatives and make our purchasing power stronger.
Some items I don’t use plastic on:
- toothbrush (bamboo all the way)
- No plastic straws in drinks, ever.
- Homemade mascara in an aluminum tin
- Homemade deodorant in an aluminum tin
- shampoo bars
- soap bars
- homemade moisturiser in an aluminum tin
- bamboo hairbrush
- no plastic bags for shopping
- no bags for fruit & veg
- Saying no to plastic cutlery
- taking my own coffee mug, no plastic lined take-aways
- taking my own containers for take away food
While I’m not always one to share my personal journey, I think being honest and sharing these things is important. We can support each other & push forward to a society less reliant on plastic.
If you know of a great plastic-free mover and shaker, please get in touch. I’d love to help spread their message and make items more readily available.