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Every bit of plastic ever made still exists!
From 2000 to 2010 , the world produced more plastic than in the entire 1900s.
It has to STOP!
Joining the challenge is quite simple...choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it.
You’ll be joining a million+ people world-wide from 130 countries in making a difference, simply click "choose to refuse" to join
At ecodownunder, we take our eco footprint extremely seriously. We continually review the way we do things searching for more environmentally friendly ways to deliver pristine, high quality linen to our customers at an affordable price.
We’ve introduced cotton shopping bags in our stores and these will soon be 100% organic cotton. We aim to very soon, have no single use plastic leave our stores.
To speed up this process, we are clearing out eco and organic cotton packaged sheets currently in biodegradable bags to make way for our new better eco packaging.
We continually work with our suppliers to ensure that our products are delivered using the minimum amount of plastic and where we do have plastic coming in, we make sure it is collected and recycled responsibly.
We have developed great relationships with our suppliers, some we have been working with for over 20 years. They understand our minimum standards:
No harsh chemicals
Organic certified cotton when viable
Going Plastic Free requires thought, planning and a change of habits. Visit www.plasticfreejuly.org for an A-Z of tips to help you find plastic free alternatives.
We have set ourselves a goal to have nothing leave our stores that will go into landfill, and that everything can be reused.
Eco Corner, Russell Lamb, published in Pittwater Life, July 2017
The Challenge is on! Plastic Free July is here. Don’t be daunted. Commit to making a few changes that will reduce the amount of single use plastic you throw away this month. Your actions may even become a habit of a lifetime!
War on Waste (WOW) has educated and engaged us about the state of waste in our households. Full credit to the ABC getting behind the issue and reminding us that we’re the 5th largest producer of municipal waste in the world. It left many of us baffled about how we have got to this state of plastic consumption. Was it consumer or producer led?
Post WOW, a 400% jump in sales of reusable coffee cups for Aussie company KeepCups demonstrates that we can change.
WOW reminded us that it’s up to us as individuals to change. We’re at the stage where solutions have to be found, in 2 areas: removing the plastic that’s already in the ocean but perhaps more importantly, preventing further plastic from ending up in the ocean.
When plastic was first invented, one of its much-heralded properties was its durability and there lies part of our problem. It doesn’t break down. It never goes away. It becomes brittle, breaks up into micro plastics which are mistaken for food by marine animals eventually ending up on our plates.
Removal is a must. But we must also stop the flow of plastic into the ocean. A recent survey by Ocean Cleanup, studied over 40,000 rivers and identified 20 as being responsible for over two thirds of global plastic in the sea. Most of these rivers are in Asia, but it’s not just an Asian problem. Pollution has no respect for borders.
Refuse, Reuse or Recycle. When there’s no alternative to plastic, be sure to use it again and again.