Did you know that plastic packaging and single-use plastic items make up 60% of all litter in NSW?
Consumers are encouraged to swap single-use plastic items for reusable and sustainable alternatives to help reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfill, as litter or in our environment, like microplastics.
Many of us have already swapped plastic bags for reusable alternatives made of sustainable materials for our weekly grocery shop. That’s a great start but think about how much plastic we could remove from circulation if we used these same bags when shopping for other essentials such as clothes, shoes, or gifts.
Instead of using plastic cutlery on your next family picnic, why not swap it for alternatives made from a sustainable material or bring a special reusable picnic set from home?
Swap single-use disposable plastic plates at your school fundraiser for reusable dinnerware which can be put through a dishwasher and used time after time.
A little bit of thought goes a long way when it comes to reducing the amount of plastic waste we generate. By changing our behaviour and the choices we make, we can make a huge collective difference to our environment.
The NSW government is encouraging consumers to Stop it and Swap it. That means each of us playing an active role in changing the way we use plastic items in our daily lives. In practice, this might be as simple as taking one of your reusable bags when you go shopping for new shoes, “swapping” it for the store’s branded thick plastic bag.
You might also choose to “swap” single-use plastic cutlery and plates with alternatives made from a sustainable material like a reusable party set for your next family picnic or birthday party.
These little individual choices add up to make a big difference for how society uses and manages plastic during its lifecycle.