Plastic Free July

It’s staggering to think that in the last half of the 20th century more than one billion tonnes of plastic has been produced. Every piece of this plastic remains somewhere in the earth today. Plastic has become a major threat to the health of our planet, particularly in or our marine environment, where huge amounts of our plastic waste ends up.

This month, the Plastic Free July Campaign aims to get people thinking about single-use disposable plastic and take the challenge to eliminate it from their lives.

plasticfreejuly2During July, we encourage all shoppers at the market to bring their own carry bags, produce bags, bottles and jars to support this campaign.

Market stallholders have taken up the challenge and will be offering refills for customers who bring their own containers or bottles. Stallholders such as Grumpy Grandma Olives and Nudgel Nuts already offer refill services for customers who bring their own container and bottles, and this month they will be joined by Spice Palace and Baraka Foods.

We’ve also launched our  new reusable hessian tote bags, which will available for $6 at selected market stalls and at the manager’s tent.

Here at the market we have some great initiatives in place to reduce plastic, such as reusable coffee mugs and a mug wash station, reusable cutlery and crockery at breakfast stalls, the use of compostable cups at our drink stalls, and the widespread use of bowls to weigh produce rather than plastic bags, which can then be used to tip straight into your cloth carry bags.

The one place plastic still seems to sneak in, however, is produce bags that are used to weigh and store small items like loose salad greens and beans. We are investigating alternatives, and hope to source some compostable bags for customer use, however you can do your bit by  bringing your own produce bags  (there are mesh-style bags available online) or by reusing your old plastic produce bags for fruit and vegetables that require their own bag.

We’ve also recently published a handy guide on our website called How to Store Produce Without Plastic Bags, which gives some great tips on maximising the life of fresh produce without using plastic bags.

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