GOING TO WASTE: Daily Examiner journalist Marco Magasic looks over his recent plastic usage with Share, Create, Innovate’s Gina Lopez.
GOING TO WASTE: Daily Examiner journalist Marco Magasic looks over his recent plastic usage with Share, Create, Innovate’s Gina Lopez. Adam Hourigan

Why I’m going cold turkey - boycotting plastic for July

I'VE never liked throwing things away.

It might have something to do with my Second World War grandmother finding a second use for everything, or because my antique- dealing (hoarder) father's obsession with keeping stuff.

If you look in one of the cupboards at the DEX office, I've almost entirely filled it up with plastic bags.

So for Plastic Free July I've decided to go cold turkey on plastic consumption.

I'm also going to find out some things like how recyc- lable is a recyclable bottle?

What alternatives does the consumer have when shopping?

What's going on in the community to reduce its un-necessary consumption.

Share, Create, Innovate founder and Eco Bag Northern NSW business development manage, and anti-plastic campaigner, Gina Lopez has offered to help me through Plastic Free July.

"I've decided to boycott all plastic," Gina said.

"This might sound really hardcore, but I went cold turkey. It was amazing because you don't make concessions."

Gina said when she saw something wrapped in plastic she forced herself to find an alternative.

Gina gave me a host of recipes for toothpaste, hair products and skincare.

"A lot of the plastic we make is out of oil," she said,

"In 50 to 100 years when people look back at our society and see we used precious finite resources to drink Coke, what will they think of us?

"Consumer behaviour change has so much power and we don't realise it.

"The way we show large organisations we want change is with our consumer dollar, because our dollar is so powerful."

I haven't prepared very well for the month.

There's no bulk cooking done or bamboo tooth brushes ordered.

But the struggle is half the fun, for the reader.

I also hope you can join me in Plastic Free July.

Send us your own tips on cutting down on plastic usage to marco.magasic@dailyexaminer.com.au.



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