Plastic-free July is a good time to think about green events!
Did you know that Australia produces 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste 🗑️ each year? 😮 That’s on average 100kg per person and only 13% is recovered and the rest is sent to landfill!
The team at HUT DOG catering + events cares about the environment 🌏 and we are committed to reducing plastic waste where possible.
Hence, we are only using wooden cutlery, brown paper or cane mulch trays, and recycled paper napkins, which are compostable and much better for the environment 🌳 @biopak.packaging
The team at HUT DOGS catering + events are passionate about green events and sustainability and we aim for maximum sustainability every month of the year. We celebrate plastic-free July every month :-)!
We offer a number of services aiming at improving the sustainability of events – check here for more information.
As a customer – what can you do to reduce plastic waste?
- Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw
- Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often!
- Give up gum. Gum is made of synthetic rubber, aka plastic.
- Buy boxes instead of bottles. Often, products like laundry detergent come in cardboard which is more easily recycled than plastic.
- Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You save money and unnecessary packaging.
- Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
- Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop
- Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag since many restaurants use styrofoam.
- Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter.
- Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus you’ll be eating fewer processed foods!
- Don’t use plasticware at home and be sure to request restaurants do not pack them in your take-out box.
- Ask your local grocer to take your plastic containers (for berries, tomatoes, etc.) back. If you shop at a farmers market they can refill it for you.
- Use cloth diapers to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint and save money.
- Make fresh-squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It’s healthier and better for the environment.
- Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner.
- Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags. Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single-serving cups.
- Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor
If you want more info, check out the website of the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
They have a National Plastic Plan which has some very interesting information: