Do you think you could survive a whole month where you REFUSE all disposable plastic? Plastic Free July is an initiative of Western Earth Carers in Perth, Western Australia and is a fun and educational challenge to learn just how much plastic many of us waste in our daily life.
Individuals, families, schools, businesses and organisations can sign up at www.plasticfreejuly.org and choose whether to try and refuse ALL disposable plastic products or just the major trouble makers (eg. bags, bottles, straws, coffee cups). If you have a group, school or business you may even want to host a movie screening or ‘nude food’ event to launch your fantastic plastic-free month. There’s lots of helpful information on the Plastic Free July Website.
Remember, this is a fun challenge, not a competition so don’t stress out if you’re not perfect. Keep the disposable plastic items you weren’t able to avoid as a reminder of just how hard living plastic free is. Take part in the forums on the groups Facebook page and try and get your friends involved too!
And if you need some items to help you out, ReChusable has all the reusable items you need! Visit our Products Page here.
It’s hard to imagine that we use somewhere between 4 – 6 billion disposable plastic bags every year in Australia.
A fraction of these ever get recycled with most ending up in landfill where the resources are lost, forever. 1-2% become litter where they often migrate to the place that is downhill from everywhere – the ocean. That’s 40 – 60 million littered bags every year!
We love this clip from Heal the Bay called, ‘The Majestic Plastic Bag’ that hilariously illustrates how bags can migrate to the sea.
ChicoBag Original Produce Bag Kits are back in stock as of this week! These kits that include 3 large reusable bags (1 x mesh, 1 x hemp/cotton, 1 x rePETe) and a neat apple shaped carrier bag are the perfect tool to allow you to never use a disposable plastic fruit and veggie bag again! Click here for more info and to purchase.
ReChusable are very proud to be a sponsor of the ‘Kicking the Can for Australia’ campaign. We believe in a National 10 cent container deposit system to help reduce the 8 BILLION bottles and cans that are sent to landfill or littered into our environment and waterways every year in Australia.
Head over to the ‘Kicking the Can for Australia’ website to send an important online letter to your local politician showing your support. You can also donate to the campaign that will see 15-days of activities around NSW and the ACT mobilising the community and media.
There’s many things I hate picking up off our beaches but one of the most hated is plastic straws!! It has always seemed like such a waste to me, to think that a straw is used for a matter of minutes and then thrown ‘away’ where it may last hundreds of years. Straws aren’t easily recycled so end up polluting our oceans or landfills in massive quantities…what a waste! Below is a picture of the plastic straws collected off Bondi Beach over just a few weeks by clean up group Responsible Runners.
Thankfully we at ReChusable have a fantastic alternative for you! Imagine a super stylish glass straw that came in a number of styles and packs and included a lifetime warranty? Imagine no more! Glass Dharma is here!
Head over to our Products Page to check out the great selection available for sale and please Contact Us for wholesale enquiries if you’d like to sell these in your retail store or use for fundraising.
You might not be aware of this but the founder of ReChusable is also an outspoken environmentalist and campaigner for plastic reduction. Tim Silverwood started his crusade many years ago after learning of the devastating impacts of plastic pollution on wildlife and witnessing the hideous polluting of the planet through his travels (watch his TED talk here). Tim is co founder of the non-profit organisation Take 3 and works tirelessly to educate and inspire action on this issue. It seems the hard work is paying off, last week Cheeki Bottle released their new stainless steel water bottle called the ‘Truth Bottle’ and it features a short essay by Tim on the side. Pretty cool! Update: Stock have arrived! You can purchase them right here.
Here’s a paragraph from the press release:
“I wanted to be involved with this project because I’m so frustrated by Australia’s insatiable appetite for bottled water. People don’t really think about the stupidity of bottled water and I think it’s time they did. Not only is the bottled water industry incredibly wasteful of many resources it’s also contributing to a major impact on our oceans, discarded plastics that choke the entire sea. It’s so simple to have a Cheeki reusable stainless steel bottle with you at all times, it’s what we did until this boom industry convinced us otherwise. Try it for a week and see how how easy it is and how much money you save” said environmentalist, Tim Silverwood.
Last year when I was in the USA I was given a ‘To Go Ware’ reusable bamboo cutlery pack. I immediately fell in love with it and the pack has travelled all over the world with me and saved me from ever having to use disposable plastic cutlery again.
These neat little packs are made from sustainably sourced bamboo and treated with a natural oil that doesn’t leave any taste or allow moisture to be absorbed. The pouch is made from recycled plastic PET bottles. The pack includes a knife, fork, spoon and set of chopsticks. There are five colour pouches to choose from.
I can speak from experience…you will LOVE this must have ReChusable accessory! Also a great gift! Purchase online now here.
ReChusable spent the last three days at Fox Studios in Sydney for the annual SUSTAIN Show Expo. The event showcased hundreds of brilliant innovations and ideas to live a life more healthy, balanced and sustainable.
For ReChusable it was our first public launch and we were absolutely ecstatic to be awarded ‘Best in Show’ for our stall and promotional activities! We only had 2m x 2m to work with but were said to have created a colourful, warm and engaging space. We’re so happy! My ‘Bag Monster’ outfit was a huge hit all weekend and emphasised the wastefulness of disposable items like plastic bags.
We look forward to working with the retailers who we met at the Expo and providing you all with fantastic REUSABLE alternatives to disposable items into the future.
ReChusable are the exclusive Australian Distributors of the fantastic ChicoBag reusable bag range, ‘Designed to be Unforgettable’.
Invented by environmentalist Andy Keller in 2004, ChicoBag has the simple aim of reducing global plastic bag consumption by providing a wide array of reusable solutions for every lifestyle.
Andy Keller and ChicoBag have drastically reduced the use of disposable plastic bags in the USA and other parts of the world and we are very excited to see the same success here in Australia. Through his Bag Monster movement Andy and the team have supported plastic bag bans and educated the community to say “No” to plastic bags and embrace reusable bags that are ‘Designed to be Unforgettable’.
Head to our Products page to have a look at the range of bags we are currently stocking and stay tuned for more products soon!
SUSTAIN takes place at The Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney from 10am – 6pm Saturday 21st July and 10am – 5pm on Sunday 22nd July. There is also a Trade Day from 9am – 5pm on Friday 20th July.
Previously known as Organic Expo, SUSTAIN brings together thousands of products and services from around Oceania and inspires people to live sustainably.
Tim Silverwood will be giving a presentation about the impacts of plastic pollution with insights from his 5000km journey through the North Pacific Gyre (aka Pacific Garbage Patch) on Saturday from 1.30pm – 2.15pm.
ReChusable will be at stall 206 from Friday through to Sunday. We hope to see you there!