This morning Rahamim staff, volunteers and friends gathered together in the winter sunshine to mark Plastic Free July with a plastic-free morning tea.
We shared what we noticed or learnt during the last few weeks, during which we had been making a conscious effort to go plastic free. Some of the highlights included:
- An increased awareness of the prevalence of plastic – in clothes, sunglasses, even our money (both credit cards and notes!). We all noted that going truly plastic free was a challenge and required real commitment, but that there were a number of simple changes which could be made to reduce the amount of plastic we use on a regular basis
- Creative tips and tricks for reducing plastic use:
- Covering leftover food with waxed cloth (such as Rahamim’s house-made beeswax wraps which you can buy here – every cent spent helps us to continue our work!)
- Using paper bags or old newspaper as bin liners
- If you’ve forgotten to take reusable fruit and vegie bags to the grocer, mushroom bags are a good plastic-free alternative
- Buying bread from bakeries rather than supermarkets – either make sure you ask them to put the bread in paper bags, or take your own linen bread bag
- If you have an icrecream craving, trying making your own at home
- Consider whether using a digital wallet might work for you
- An increased feeling of empowerment about speaking up … If a product you love is sold encased in plastic, try sending the company an email or a shout out on social media letting them know how much you love their product but won’t be buying it at present because you’re trying to reduce or eliminate your use of plastic
Rahamim hosts an “open house” morning tea every Wednesday at 10.30am – so whether you’re an old friend, or someone who’s always wanted to know what that “Rahamim thing” is all about, you’re very welcome to join us for a relaxed cuppa and catch up. We’ll provide the tea and coffee – feel free to bring a plate of something to share.