Plastic Free July is an annual campaign that encourages individuals and communities to reduce their plastic consumption and adopt more sustainable habits, as plastic pollution has become a global crisis, endangering marine life, polluting ecosystems, and impacting human health. Australian Mutual Bank is committed to reducing our impact on the environment and looks to minimise the carbon footprint of all our products and services. That is why, for example, our eco-friendly debit cards are 82% recycled plastic. By using mostly recycled plastic, we’re making the most of what already exists and we ensure that far less plastic is being produced to make our debit cards.

By making conscious choices, we can all contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment. Here’s a few effective strategies to reduce plastic consumption during Plastic Free July and beyond.

Bring your own reusable bags:

Plastic bags are one of the most common and unnecessary sources of plastic waste. By bringing your own reusable bags when shopping, you can significantly reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills or as litter. Keep a few reusable bags in your car, backpack, or purse, so you're always prepared.

Ditch disposable water bottles:

Single-use plastic water bottles contribute to a staggering amount of plastic waste. Instead, opt for a reusable water bottle made from stainless steel, glass, or BPA-free plastic. By refilling your bottle with tap water, you not only reduce plastic waste but also save money in the long run.

Choose sustainable food packaging:

When shopping for groceries, choose products with minimal or no plastic packaging. Buy fresh produce from local farmers' markets or stores that offer unpackaged options. Opt for bulk bins and bring your own reusable containers or cloth bags for grains, nuts, and snacks.

Embrace reusable containers and utensils:

Takeaway food containers and plastic cutlery contribute significantly to plastic pollution. Bring your own reusable containers and utensils when eating out or getting takeaway food. Many restaurants and cafes are willing to pack food in your containers, reducing the need for disposable packaging.

Be mindful of personal care products:

Many personal care products, such as shampoo, liquid soap, or shower gel, come in plastic packaging. Look for alternative options like soap/shampoo bars or refillable containers. Explore zero-waste stores or online retailers that offer eco-friendly personal care products.

Avoid single-use plastics in the kitchen:

Reduce plastic waste in the kitchen by avoiding single-use items like plastic wrap, sandwich bags, and disposable cutlery. Opt for reusable alternatives like beeswax wraps, silicone food storage bags, and stainless steel or glass containers.

Spread awareness and encourage others:

Engage in conversations about the importance of reducing plastic consumption with friends, family, and colleagues. Share tips, resources, and experiences on social media platforms or within your community. Encourage others to join the Plastic Free July movement and make a collective impact.

Reducing plastic consumption is a crucial step toward a sustainable future. By implementing these strategies during Plastic Free July and integrating them into our daily lives, we can minimise our plastic footprint and inspire positive change. Let us embrace the challenge, lead by example, and encourage others to join the journey towards a plastic-free world.

Remember, small actions can create a significant impact, and together, we can make a difference.

11 July 2023