Each year Australians waste around 7.3 million tonnes of food equivalent to about 300kg per person or one in five bags of groceries, at a cost of about $20 billion!
If we get better at buying only what we actually need to use, and avoid single-use and non-recyclable materials, we can limit the amount of energy needed in their production
Explore the checklist to find out more.
We know that some of these actions may be difficult with the current COVID-19 restrictions, see * for impacted actions
Take a re-useable water bottle with you whenever you go out
Say “no” to single-use plastics (carrier bags, straws, cutlery, water bottles, coffee cups, etc)
Buy re-useable glass/plastic containers for lunch and storage to reduce packaging
Keep re-useable shopping bags in the car and remember to use them when shopping
Buy the odd-shaped fruit and vegetables
Switch from disposable batteries to re-chargeable
Re-use wrapping paper or use a sustainable alternative like fabric (eg Furoshiki)
Choose gifts that have minimal/no plastic packaging
Recycle coffee pods and use loose-leaf tea in a diffuser rather than tea bags
Avoid buying products with unnecessary or excessive packaging
Mend & repair things if you can, or buy second hand rather than new