Most of us don’t realise we’re wading through a sea of plastic throughout our day. Disposable items have become the norm, but changing this is easy. Seriously, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do some of these things earlier. So for this section, it’s all about saying no. 


BYO

BYO coffee cup

Why it’s fucked

Sure, we’re all fiends for a good cup of joe, but in Australia, we bin 2.7 million disposable coffee cups a day. That’s nearly 1 billion a year and that is, quite frankly, insane.  

Change one thing

Get yourself a reusable cup. There are some pretty good looking ones out there. Keep it in your bag, at home or at work and BYO everywhere you go. Some cafes even give you a discount if you have one.  


Right bin

Aim for the right bin

Why it’s fucked

Throw a can of Coke in a non-recycling bin and the can will spend the next 200 years decomposing (or not) in landfill. Recycle it and you save enough energy to power a TV for three hours. Decisions, decisions.

Change one thing

If you’re out and are wanting to throw away something recyclable, hold it and wait until you come across a recycling bin. There’s enough around the place, so hold your horses you trigger happy throw away-er. 


Ditch the disposable

Ditch the disposable

Why it’s fucked

Some 100 billion disposable pieces of plastic cutlery are used and thrown out every year. Parts of the ocean are turning into a plastic soup. That’s because of single use and disposable plastics. The culprits? Takeaway containers, water bottles, straws, plastic bags and plastic cups. 

Change one thing

Say no to bags, extra napkins and cutlery. If you’re going back home or to work to eat your takeaway, use the cutlery there. If you’re clothes shopping, put bought items in your own bag, or get one bag and put everything in there. Be aware of the crap you’re collecting.


Bye to bottled water

Say bye to bottled water

Why it’s fucked

Water has to be pumped out of the ground, packaged, transported and chilled before it gets to us. This creates over 60,000 tons of greenhouses gases a year in Australia alone. What makes it even more fucked is that we could just get it from the tap. 

Change one thing

Buy a water bottle and take it everywhere you go. Refill it at cafes, restaurants or parks. It’s unbelievably easy to take care of this one. Plus, who wants to pay stupid prices for bottled water?