We are in the middle of a month that can mean different things to different people.
Maybe you're doing dry July and you're out of alcohol for a month.
For others it means going plastic for free for 31 days – a challenge that can be much more difficult.
The good news is that, if you're going dry or becoming more aware of the echo, both options get rid of the old bank account.
We all know that cutting alcoholic beverages means not hitting the payment package for the month, but environmentalist Tracey Bailey points out that Australians can save up to $ 764 a year on a free plastic ride.
Ms. Bailey, who is the founder of Biome Eco Stores, said that the increase in the cost of living means that it is a great time to not only make lifestyle changes for the benefit of the environment but also of the family budget.
He said there was a simple way to do it – by exchanging five common household products with plastic-free alternatives, which could also prevent 797 plastic items from going to landfills every year.
Ms Bailey stated that, in line with the new financial year of July without plastic, it was a good opportunity to save your money and the planet at the same time.
"By reducing the use of everyday plastic objects, you are not only reducing waste and saving money, but you are saving the resources used to produce those items in the first place," he said.
"These calculations show how easy it is to save hundreds of dollars while reducing plastic waste, but there are many other alternatives to save money and waste.
"You can further reduce plastic waste by exchanging the shampoo in a plastic bottle for a shampoo bar, a plastic wrap for reusable beeswax wraps and doing your skin care products with natural ingredients instead to buy products in plastic containers ".
Even outside of July, Australians have proven to be more attentive to the environment.
Ms Bailey stated that Biome recorded a peak in soap sales, which attributed to the growing consumer concern about the global plastic waste crisis.
In the last four years the brand's soap sales have increased by 1600% and doubled in the last 12 months.
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This follows a similar trend in the UK, where research by market analysis experts Kantar Worldpanel revealed that soap sales increased by almost 3% in the last year.
Bailey said these recent sales showed that the humble bar of soap was returning from its 2.2% drop during 2014 and 2015, when consumers preferred liquid soap to its perception of cleanliness and practicality.
"These sales figures reflect growing consumer concerns about plastic waste and demonstrate their efforts to act on this environmental problem," he said.
And it's not just the soaps that Australians are coming back as well – tea companies are signaling a return to loose-leaf options on boxes of tea bags wrapped in plastic packaging.
Sales of Nerada's biggest-selling bulk tea brand at the end of last month were up 5% from the previous year.
Nerada's national sales manager, Brenden Minehan, stated that there was a huge reaction to the new range of loose leaf teas in reusable cans.
"Since it was launched, we have seen an overwhelming spread, especially for our black teas grown in Australia," Minehan told news.com.au.
"Information requests have been initiated by bars and restaurants that want to supply them and we had to add some additional (more personal) resources to help them send them.
"We know it's the early days, but there is clearly a demand for more quality tea in this format, especially when it is grown in Australia and pesticide free."
Biome has divided the annual costs of five common disposable products, compared to the costs of the alternatives without plastic and without toxins of the company:
COFFEE OF TAKEAWAY
The average takeaway coffee in a disposable cup of coffee costs: $ 4.
Sustainable alternative: KeepCup 8 ounces costs $ 14.
Get up to a 50 cent discount when you use your reusable coffee cup Responsible coffee.
Waste savings: 250 disposable coffee cups *
Annual savings: $ 111 *
* Based on a $ 0.50 discount on one coffee per day for 250 working days minus the cost of
Cost: 600ml of Franklin Spring mountain water bottle: $ 2.15.
Sustainable alternative: water bottle in stainless steel Biome 750ml: $ 34.95.
Waste saved: 250 bottles of water in plastic *
Annual savings: $ 502.55 *
* Based on a bottle of water from Mount Franklin per day for 250 working days less the cost of the reusable bottle.
PLASTIC SANDWICH BAGS WITH ZIP LOCK
Hercules Click Zip Closable bags in snack format Package price: $ 2.90.
Sustainable alternative: Lunchskins reusable sandwich bag: $ 13.95 (reusable
the sandwich bag can last more than 10 years with care).
Waste savings: 250 plastic bags with disposable zippers *
Annual Savings: $ 9.75 *
* Based on an average of 10 years of a zippered bag used per day for 250 working days and less the cost of a reusable bag.
Gillette Venus disposable shaving razor (three razors per pack) cost: $ 10.
Sustainable alternative: Parker 95R Unisex Safety Razor including five blades: $ 44.95. Replacement blades cost $ 5.95 for a pack of five. A safety razor can last a lifetime with care.
Waste saved: 39 plastic razors *
Annual savings: $ 78.91 *
* Based on a ten-year average of five blade shaving / shaving razors every second day minus the cost of the safety razor.
LIQUID FOR THE LAUNDRY
Omo Active Clean Laundry Front and top liquid detergent, one liter charger (20 washes) cost: $ 10 or 50 cents per wash.
Sustainable alternative: That Red House Soapberries, 1kg (365 washes) – $ 41.95 or 11 cents per wash.
Waste saved: eight plastic bottles *
Annual Savings: $ 60.84 *
* Based on three washes per week.
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