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June 27, 2022 2 min read

Plastic-free July: Grocery shopping for the environment

It’s Plastic Free July. We love challenging ourselves to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we bring home, and it’s also a fun and educational game to play with the kids. 

In 2021, Greenpeace released a Supermarket Plastics Ranking report, highlighting that supermarkets are where the average consumer encounters the most throwaway plastics. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the problem worse in an effort to minimise the risk of virus exposure. This resulted in a 30% increase in plastic waste in 2020 alone. We now know that reusables are actually safe and should continue to be encouraged!

You can run through the creative exercise below with the kids to help them learn about the importance of saying no to single-use plastics, and bring them along on the Plastic Free July journey! You can even set up a drawing activity so each child can creatively express their values. 

Ask: What’s your motivation for doing the right thing for the environment? Why is it important to you? 

Some ideas to explore: 

  • Protecting marine life
  • Reducing rubbish
  • Reducing my eco-footprint
  • Wasting less 

Ask: What can we do to bring home less single-use plastic when we do the shopping? How can you help to make a difference?

Some ideas to explore: 

  • Choose to refuse pre-packed groceries, including fruit, vegetables, bread, meat, fish, pantry staples and deli items
  • Bring our own reusable bags, containers and empty glass jars to the shops
  • Visit our local farmers market, bulk food store, bakery, butcher and fishmonger
  • If we didn’t bring a bag, look for paper bag options 

Ask: What’s our potential impact? What are we helping to change through our actions?

Some ideas to explore: 

  • Reduce the pressure on our recycling system
  • Reduce unnecessary waste and pollution
  • Save plastic bags from entering our waterways and landfill
  • Avoid food waste by only buying what we need 
  • Protect wildlife from encountering our used plastics 

Which is the best reusable bag to use? The one you already have lying around at home! You don’t need any fancy new bags - most of us already have a few hidden in our linen cupboards or closets that can be dusted off and given a new life as a grocery bag. You can also use an empty box to bundle up your groceries.

Colleen’s Tip: Don’t worry about looking like a granny! Use a pull-along trolley or bag, they come in brilliant colours and designs, even funky ones. You can fit plenty in, plus no plastic or extra packaging required, they fit in most vehicles and you decant into your pantry or fridge as soon as you get home!

How you care for and store your produce makes a huge difference to food waste. Fresh produce lasts up to 5x longer with ourFruit & Veg Wash. 

Happy Plastic Free July. The future is in reuse! 

Logistics Status & Pricing Update | 8th Feb 2022

Further to the previous logistics update, the spread of omicron variant continues to play havoc with many courier drivers, warehouse staff, forklift drivers, container unpack crews and administrators across the country.

To make logistics even more difficulty the East-West rail line is closed due to significant flooding including to both the Eyre and Stuart Highways, South Australia.

Please allow (at least) an extra 14 business days on top of your estimated date for arrival.

envirocare earth has always worked our best to minimise delivery costs but as a result of the ongoing issues affecting logistics all online orders will now attract a delivery charge.

FLAT RATES -  WA $15.00, INTERSTATE $20.00.

We encourage you to order in bulk; saving on product, delivery and helping the environment.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated and we hope that normality can return soon.

envirocare earth

Omicron Logistics Status Update | 12th Jan 22

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has further impacted the logistics industry. This includes many courier drivers, warehouse staff, forklift drivers, container unpack crews and administrators.

Due to the widespread impact of Omicron infections, our partnered carriers across the network are experiencing both a surge in parcel deliveries and major disruptions to their delivery services. With a significant number of people in self-isolation in accordance with state regulations and public health orders, delivery delays are expected across the network due to driver shortages, depots experiencing temporary closures and/or operating with significantly reduced staff.

This has also created some lags in tracking details being updated on carrier websites.

Please allow (at least) an extra 14 business days on top of your estimated date for arrival.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

envirocare earth