Earn rewards this July by living green! We all know that plastic is a huge problem for our environment, but there are lots of small, easy things we can do to make a big difference. Earn GreenMoney points with better plastic habits this July, then redeem your points for gift cards, free coffees, discounted movie tickets and more on GreenMoney Whitehorse!
- Keep plastic bags out of the recycling bin
Remember to keep all soft plastics out of recycling bins. This means cling wrap, single-use shopping bags, food wrappers and other plastics that can be scrunched into a ball. These can be recycled in REDcycle bins, or even better – ditch them completely with some of the reusable alternatives below.
- Keep reusable bags on hand
With many major stores boycotting single-use plastic bags, it pays to have a few reusable ones on hand. Roll up a couple of canvas or nylon bags into small bundles to save space and pack them in your bag so you don’t have to buy a new bag every shopping trip… or struggle without one.
- Pack a reusable coffee cup
An estimated 1 billion single-use hot drink cups are used in Australia every year. Even worse, though the plastic lids can go in the recycling bin, the cups are not recyclable; the paper cups are lined with a plastic film that means they can’t go in the recycling bin. The good news is that there are more reusable options than ever. Pack a cup in your bag for next time you grab a coffee – some cafés even offer a discount if you bring your own cup!
- Avoid plastic water bottles
Filling up a reusable water bottle before you head out isn’t just good for the environment, it can save you loads of money in the long run (Australians spend more than half a billion dollars a year on bottled water!). Save even more and pair your reusable bottle with a bento box for a zero-waste lunch.
- Recycle your old devices
Phones, laptops and other e-waste contain many other harmful materials besides plastic and can’t go in normal bins. Fortunately, your old technology is also made up of precious metals and other materials that can be recycled. Find an e-waste drop off point to get rid of old tech that’s taking up space.
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