IT’S EASY: Di Luxton (centre) with one of their backyard chooks with her kids (l-r) Mikey and Hayden Luxton. Start your own garden to cut down on food shopping. Photo: Adam Hourigan
IT’S EASY: Di Luxton (centre) with one of their backyard chooks with her kids (l-r) Mikey and Hayden Luxton. Start your own garden to cut down on food shopping. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Easy come, easy go: a family of five can go plastic free

WHEN looking after a family, trying to reduce plastic can seem like a burden too difficult to achieve.

However, Grafton mother of three Di Luxton says you do not need glad wrap, muesli bars or any other plastic-wrapped time savers even if you are busy with a family.

"Reducing plastic is easy, you just have to be organised," Mrs Luxton said.

Mrs Luxton said buying in bulk and making time to cook from scratch put you well on the way to plastic reduction.

"The biggest way to reduce is with food shopping," she said.

"If you start baking at home it eliminates pre packed biscuits. Making a batch of pies on a Sunday can give you lunch for the rest of the week."

And if you think extra baking and sewing will put too much on your plate, Mrs Luxton recommends getting the kids involved as a way to get them enthusiastic about plastic reduction.

Mrs Luxton's plastic-reduction-passion began five years ago while studying for her Diploma of Environmental Sustainability.

"I became aware of how plastic just sat in landfill or floated around the ocean.

"That was my primary reason for deciding to reduce, just having more awareness about it.

"And although some people go cold turkey with plastic, my approach is of a slower transition."

Bit by bit Mrs Luxton and her family have moved towards being plastic free.

Little things like taking containers to the butcher to fill up with meat or making your own vegetable bags from curtain material have been successful.

"Absolutely families can change," she said.

"A big part of it is education and awareness.

"If we want to change as a society we all need to be proactive."

Di's plastic saving tips for the family

"Get the whole family involved. It is a struggle if it is only you, but having everyone understand why you are doing it will make plastic reduction possible."

Making your own veggie bags, you can make them out of curtain material. don't weigh anything.

"Buy in bulk or grow your own. We own a normal suburban block. We grow apple, citrus and fig tree, have chooks and a 15 square metre veggie garden.

I'm also a complete amateur when it comes to gardening.

"Instead of using single use plastic or alfoil wraps, use reusable wraps and containers. Glad wrap can easily be eliminated."

"Start making home baked goods from scratch, it's not that hard. Get the kids involved with it.

"I refuse to buy bottled water. If people find tap water funky, boil or filter it."

"Organisation is number one."



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