It's almost impossible to avoid plastic althogher but there is a lot that can be done to limit your exposure an protect the planet.
1. Avoid pre-made meal
It seems to be the obvious but cooking at home reduce the amount of plastic as well as the amount of preservative you family is exposed to.. and the bonus is that it taste so much better!!Shop in bulk and at your local market
2. Shop in bulk
Shops like Santos Organic Health Food Shop and The Source Bulk Food will save you if you buy in large quantities but they also great because they offer a range of product which you can refill with your own glass jars.
3. Buy fresh
Shopping at your local market is also great because you can bring your own bags and products aren't usually pre package in plastic like some known offenders ... but you also contribute to supporting the local agriculture, the farmers which are probably your neighbours and the local economy!
3. Use - non plastic containers
Use HoneyBee Wrap reusable food wraps to wrap snacks, sandwiches, veggies, cheese and wine bottles and fizzy bottles airtight. They are fully washable and will last up to a year! They aren't recommeded with direct contact with meat but I use a layer of baking paper when I wrap meat in the reusable wrap that way I can say no to plastic even when I go to the butcher.
4. Make you voice heard!
Demand action, ask from your local shop to using plastic! For example, I ask my butcher to wrap my meat product in baking paper (I even do it at Iga & Wool..rt.
Its just as effective as plastic. As customers we have more pull then we think. And if they aren't ready to listen take your business somewhere else...you'll see they'll soon change their mind.
5. Use baking soda & vinegar for cleaning
Baking soda is cheap and comes in cardboard box in most supermarket and you can fill your vinegar glass jar at your local bulk food store. Check out these free recipes. Organic lifestyle
6. Ditch your plastic toothbrush
I think the plastic toothpaste are one of the worst offenders! They are many bamboo made toothpaste now available on the markets. The only downside is they do tend to get mould if they are left in water however I usually found that by the time this occurs am due for a new toothbrush anyway!
After all it's never too late to ditch the plastic!
At HoneyBee Wrap we only use the best ingredients to make our beeswax food wrap and that means we only use 100%certified cotton (GOTs certified).
This means the cotton is grown without the use of chemical and pesticide.
Did you know that cotton is the most widely grown crops in the world, growing conventional cotton is also one of the most chemical-intensive?
Gots Certified Organic Cotton is grown in soil that has been chemical free for a minimum of three years and the process of producing Organic Cotton is toxin free from field to factory.
Organic cotton that is not GOTs certified, are not certified because they have been contaminated through the use of toxic dyes and chemicals. Read more about GOTs Global Organic Textile Standards). here
More than 25% of pesticides used in farming are used on cotton alone, and they include highly toxic insecticides and carcinogens.Social and Ethical
Not only does GOTS relate to the quality of the fabric (ensuing compliance with standards such as no formaldehyde, no pesticides, no chlorine bleach), it also regulates ethical social standards – such as, no child labour, no animal cruelty, workers are paid a fair wage and have fair working condition – these and other key principles must be met by processors and manufacturers.
GOTS certified Organic Cotton is sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable! Did you know that up to 250ml (1 cup) of chemicals are typically used to produce just one single (non-organic) cotton t-shirt?
As most cotton farmers are located near river catchments, the drainage and run-off into the rivers is having a significant impact on the eco-systems, as well as contaminating drinking water.
All of these facts makes HoneyBee Wrap 100% compostable, so after the 1 year use date you can disposed of your wraps in your compostable bin or your worm farm.
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"Australia is on the few countries in the world to remain free of varroa mite (Varroa destructor). If varroa mite were to become established in Australia our healthy population of feral honey bees, and the pollination services they provide, could be reduced by 90 -100 per cent." Fortunately, agriculture Australia has put restrictions on hives to limit the spread of varroa and they are keeping a close watch on the Australian bee population.
There is a few things however, that anyone can do to improve the bees situation.
1. Plant Bee Loving Flowers
Bees are losing their habitat due to sprawling suburban lawns and intensive monoculture-based farming. Plant bee loving flowers free from chemicals.
Example: Lavender, sage, verbena and wisteria, mint squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, sunflower, oregano,rosemary,honeysuckle.
2. Don't use pesticide or chemicals to treat your garden
Pesticides affect bees in a number of ways including their developmental rate, feeding behavior and even by affecting their learning process through neurotoxins, which impact their flower and nest recognition abilities along with their navigation skills. In addition, insecticides compromise their immune systems, making them more vulnerable to disease and parasites. The possible effects these chemicals have on our own health should also be a cause for concern.
3. Buy local raw honey
Local honey will be prepared by local beekeepers. This keeps food miles down and helps the beekeeper to cover the costs of beekeeping. Local honey complies with all food standards requirements but is not mistreated to give it a long shelf life. It tastes quite different to foreign supermarket honey and has a flavour that reflects local flora.
4. Buy local organic food from a grower you know
Given that insecticides are cited as being the main cause of bee decline, a switch to organic farming is the first logical step. Organic farmers work with nature and the seasons to grow their crops, without the use of harmful pesticides, supporting both biodiversity and the bees.
5. Learn how to beekeeper with sustainable practises
This is not only a rewarding and fascinating hobby but you would also be contributing in food sustainability and bees are the best pets they don't need feeding or much looking after!
Beekeeping course in Byron Bay click here
HoneyBee Wrap is is made from 100% certified organic cotton fabric with low dye, natural locally sourced beeswax, jojoba oil, Organic Coconut oil and tree resin.
All the beeswax we use is locally sourced and has been harvested in a sustainable way. We know this because we have a close relationship with all our beeswax suppliers.
But how is beeswax collected sustainably?
Honey bees produce wax that is collected by female hive workers using it for the structural stability of the comb and honey-storage cells. Nowadays beekeepers use high quality beeswax for casting honeycomb slabs. This is introduced into the beehive and eases a bee’s life as it only needs to maintain the structure of the hive and not build it from scratch.
After honey is produced and stored in the honeycomb, the bees close the filled comb with freshly produced cap wax. To gather the honey, the beekeeper removes the cap wax and centrifuges the honeycomb slabs. The slabs and cap wax are reused subsequent to cleaning and filtering the crude wax. This harvesting process is highly sustainable; as long as there is a demand for honey the beeswax by-product will be available.