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13 July, 2021

Take small actions daily

Reducing our imprint is all about small actions every day. Reducing our waste is essential, but figuring out what we can reuse is a big part of the game plan toward zero waste living.


By Lucy Smith and Karen Jacobsen

Reusable Everything

Reducing our imprint is all about small actions every day.

Reducing our waste is essential, but figuring out what we can reuse is a big part of the game plan toward zero waste living.

Given we are sailing into Plastic Free July, here are some ideas for how to reduce the plastic and especially the single use plastics in our homes and everyday lives.


Have You Used Beeswax Wraps?

These are a washable and reusable alternative to cling wrap and they work wonders. They last up to twelve months and can cover just about anything that cling wrap can.

You can make your own reusable wraps, or purchase at Airlie Markets on a Saturday morning or at one off the health food stores in the region.


Glass Storage Containers with Lids

Another way to remove the need for cling wrap is to store leftovers in glass pyrex type dishes with lids. These come in a variety of sizes, you can see what’s in the dish, and they are practical.

As with many of the simple ways to reduce our imprint on the planet, it’s remembering this is an option and making it part of our routine.


Reusable Pouches

These are an excellent alternative to zip lock plastic bags. They are easy to find in stores locally, and are often made from a silicon base.

Freezer friendly, we use the pouches to snap freeze fresh fruit for our smoothies.


Reusable Nappies and Nappy Liners

One of our huge goals is to reduce landfill. When I searched up online, the computer told me it takes 500 years for a disposable nappy to break down.

When we stop and take in this information, this is jarring. We urgently need to interrupt our use of items that take dozens of lifetimes to decompose.

Local Whitsundays business Tiny Tooshes has done all of the financial work for new parents, and not only is it better for the planet, but less expensive, and simple to manage, to go the reusable route with nappies and nappy liners.

You can find them at the Airlie Beach Markets on a Saturday morning, or find them online.


Reusable Straws

This sounds like such a small item to be concerned with, but when you learn the impact of micro plastics in the ocean, and especially as we are the care takers of the reef, the importance of replacing plastic straws with reusable cannot be overstated.

Next time you are out at a restaurant, reconsider whether you need a plastic straw in your drink.

We can all encourage our local establishments to remove plastic straws and replace with alternatives.

Every time you bring awareness to what you are able to reuse, you take a step in the direction of a truly Zero Waste Whitsundays.

Remember our motto so well said by Anne Bonneau: ‘We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” Choose one to implement a week or a month. Let’s share our ideas If you have tips on these, let’s hear them.


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