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CRE­ATIVE IDEAS TO AVOID WASTE

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Comment - Jaime Shurmer

PERTH blog­ger Lind­say Miles says plas­tics are down-cy­cled into lesser qual­ity plas­tics, so peo­ple should be mind­ful of what they buy, re­use what they have and choose more nat­u­ral prod­ucts.

She held work­shops in the Shire of Ser­pen­tine-Jar­rah­dale on May 30, en­cour­ag­ing the au­di­ence to eat more fruit and veg­eta­bles and jump on­line for tu­to­ri­als to find bulk food stores, farm­ers’ mar­kets and tu­to­ri­als for mak­ing their own pro­duce such as cheese, yoghurt or even bath­room prod­ucts.

“Do I want to cre­ate waste or do I was to avoid waste?” is the ques­tion she of­ten asked her­self after start­ing a Plas­tic Free July chal­lenge. She slowly made per­ma­nent changes to her lifestyle and en­cour­aged oth­ers to do the same through her web­site www.tread­ingmy­own­path.com.

“I feel like if you can af­ford to buy a cup of cof­fee, you can af­ford to buy a re­us­able cup,” she said.

Mrs Miles said peo­ple of­ten avoided change due to cost, time or not know­ing how to do things for them­selves.

“Any­thing will ei­ther cost money or time and you can get on Google and find out how to make stuff,” she said.

Mrs Miles en­cour­aged peo­ple to look sec­ond-hand for goods on Gumtree or sim­i­lar, and con­sider bor­row­ing be­fore buy­ing new. Re­use the jars you buy and re­move the la­bels with eu­ca­lyp­tus oil and nat­u­ral fi­bre dish brush. Use a teapot and com­post the tea leaves in­stead of us­ing foil-wrapped teabags. Re-think din­ner gifts and pic­nics – in­stead of boxed choco­lates, take pot­ted herbs or home­made dips. Stream­line your bath­room rou­tine or buy from bulk stores us­ing your own con­tainer. Line a small kitchen bin with lay­ers of news­pa­per in lieu of a bin liner. Do a lit­ter col­lec­tion or a tour of a land­fill or re­cy­cling plant for mo­ti­va­tion.

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