Avoid buying heavily packaged products
Packaging is a high-energy user. Reduce your garbage and your carbon footprint by buying with discretion.
For example, buy loose fruit and vegetables (rather than those pre-wrapped in cling film), and don’t put them all in plastic bags. Look for refillable versions of products such as laundry liquid and bathroom products, so you aren’t buying new containers each time. Try not to be seduced by fancy packaging on confectionary, perfumes and luxury goods. If you do buy goods in plastic bags, reuse the bags or recycle soft plastics at your local supermarket.
Save up to 1 tonne of carbon by reducing garbage by one wheelie bin per month
If you manage or work for an organisation that makes or supplies products, look for ways of reducing packaging and making it more sustainable. Make sure your product packaging includes clear instructions about recycling and/or disposal.
- Green Street badges: Purchasing badge (household) and Purchasing badge (workplace)
- Australian Packaging Covenant: organisation working with government and business to reduce packaging waste. Read their tips for households and businesses about reducing packaging, especially plastic waste.
- ARL Marketplace: Australasian Recycling Label has guidance for businesses on how to provide easy-to-understand packaging recycling information