Plastic Free July In The Southern Highlands
This month is 'Plastic Free July' and we're excited to see local Highlands businesses getting involved in helping us lower our impact on the planet. We are firm believers that making small shifts in behaviour and encouraging others to see how easy it is, is the way to creating real change.
We would also love to hear of other businesses doing great things in our community for Plastic Free July, so please get in touch so we can keep adding to this super-important list.
This month The Press Shop is offering $1 off your coffee if you bring your own reusable cup. If you buy one of their Pottery for the Planet cups, then you also get the first one free. If you buy a cup, it'll eventually pay for itself and will reduce your own footprint!
Lots of local cafes have similar deals including Four Seasons Bistro in Mittagong, if you bring a keep cup. They also have all plant-based compostable packaging and even let you take bags of their used coffee grounds to use in compost or in a DIY scrub. Love it!
While we're on the topic of coffee, if you forget your keep up (we've all been there) or you find yours in the car after a few days when you forgot to wash it (come on, also all been there), then just take 5 and have your coffee in the cafe! Saving takeaway cups and having some me time? Tick and tick.
Locally there are some great places to get reusable coffee cups. We love the latte cups from Berrima Village Pottery - locally made! They come in a huge range of colours and have great rubber lids (no spillages).
Bare Body Beauty Co's earth-friendly approach to their whole business is something we love. You will often find us in there checking out their huge range of products. And we're often in there filling up re-usable tubs with yummy scrubs and the packaging-free soaps! They also have bamboo toothbrushes, which are a great alternative to plastic.
Anyone else dream of a pantry filled with matching labelled mason jars? Pop in to The Source to make the eco-friendly, super organised pantry dream a reality! It's a great place to go to load up on spices, nuts, flour and a bunch of other grocery ingredients including laundry powder. Bring a bunch of jars (they also sell some) and stock up! These ingredients often end up being cheaper than the supermarket when you buy in bulk!
You can recycle even more now! Redcycle is a company that are changing how we can recycle our soft plastics. Get rid of the plastic you already may have in your house or start to separate your soft plastics to be recycled when you do the shopping. Both Woolies and Coles have this service available in bins near the checkout. Get onboard Highlanders!
While you're at the shops, don't forget to bring your own bags. There are a bunch of places locally where you can buy some great bags that makes toting them around pre-shop way more fash-un. We also love the Australian company Seed and Sprout that have smaller bags for putting groceries in when you're in the veggie section.
Did you know we have a super cool and eco-focused online store based right here in Bowral? Upcycle Studio sells homewares, gifts and reusable products all thoughtfully made with reclaimed, natural or sustainable material – we LOVE that! And you know what we love even more than that? The fact that their warehouse is based in The Highlands which means low postage miles (and a lower carbon footprint) for us locals.
While it's not related to plastic, buying local beer (or any locally made product for that matter) is great way to cut down on your carbon footprint. Both Southern Highlands Brewing & Taphouse and Eden Brewery brew their beers locally, which saves buying beer that has been shipped across the world. Food miles? More like beer miles! And don't forget local wine as well! We also love that Eden Brewery has reusable growlers available for their beers.
Got any other great ideas? We'd love to hear them! Get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Plastic Free July!
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