JULY 01, 2021
Simple ways to reduce the amount of single-use plastic at home
by ACM – this article was first published in Port Macquarie News
Plastic Free July is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation and runs throughout the month of its namesake. It’s an important event each year, highlighting the major issue plastic has become not only in Australia, but around the world.
According to WWF Australia, on average we use 130 kilograms of plastic per person each year, with only nine per cent of that recycled.
In March this year, IPSOS research commissioned by BRITA Australia reported that almost two million Aussies consumed more single-use plastic during 2020, due to spending more time at home. This contributes significantly to Australia’s annual plastic waste total, which was already at 3.5 million tonnes in 2018-2019. Almost two million Aussies consumed more single-use plastic during 2020, due to spending more time at home.
Additional insights from BRITA found more than one million Australian households primarily drink bottled water at home. If all these households pledged not to do so for just one day, we would save more than 6.5 million single-use one-litre plastic bottles from being discarded in Australia.
To tackle the issue, BRITA Australia teamed up with Plastic Free July, with the goal to prevent 50,000 single-use plastic water bottles from being discarded. The water filter company is calling on Aussies to take the #FilterForGood pledge and give up using single-use plastic water bottles at home. Make your pledge at brita.com.au/filterforgood.
If you want to reduce your single-use plastic waste at home, here are some simple changes you can try;
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