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Five Ways To Quit Virgin Plastics, For Good

by: Rosie Dalton | 8 months ago | Features

Image: Jane Birkin at the farmer's market with her basket bag. Image source.

As we become increasingly aware of fashion’s impact on the planet, we are constantly searching for inventive new ways to reduce our impact. And one of those is ways is committing to quit plastic, for good. It sounds hard, but there are actually lots of ways you can cut back on single use products and say no to virgin plastics. Here’s how.

1) BYO coffee cup
The coffee is great in Australia and going out for a cuppa is a highly social affair. But single use coffee cups aren’t cool. So next time you’re heading out for a flat white, bring your Keep Cup along and help fight the good fight against throwaway plastics.

2) Go naked
While going (literally) naked would be a pretty sustainable option, we don’t recommend it in public. One planet-friendly way you can go naked, though, is to choose naked produce at the supermarket. Try to avoid fruit and veggies that are packaged in plastic and BYO string bags to replace those single use plastic ones.

3) Prioritise sustainable activewear
Traditional activewear is made from non-biodegradable virgin polyester. Derived from plastic, it is resource-intensive and takes up to 200 years to break down. So prioritise sustainable alternatives instead, like those by Nagnata and Organic Yoga Co.

4) Switch out your soap
Plastic soap bottles really add to our landfill footprint. But an easy way to minimise this plastic is by switching to bar soaps, or reusing your bottles by getting them refilled at a local co-op store like The Source Bulk Foods.

5) Choose recycled nylon swimwear
Conventional swimwear is made from plastic-based nylon, which is not built to biodegrade and also releases nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas which is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. So, choose sustainable swimwear made from recycled nylon instead this summer.

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