Go Plastic Free This Financial Year And Save Over $760 

July 4, 2019

Environmentalist, Tracey Bailey, is showing Australians how they can save up to $763.05 and 797 plastic items from landfill every year by swapping five common household products with plastic free alternatives. 

Founder of Biome Eco Stores, Ms Bailey, said with the rising cost of living affecting many Australians, it’s a great time to not only make lifestyle changes that benefit the environment but your household budget too. 

“Plastic Free July, which aligns with the new financial year, presents the perfect opportunity to start your new money and planet saving routine,” she said. 

“By reducing the use of everyday plastic items, you’re not only reducing waste and saving money, but you’re saving the resources used to produce those items in the first place.” 

The annual costs of five common disposable products have been compared to the costs of plastic free and toxin free alternatives from Biome. 

The five products include takeaway coffee cups, plastic water bottles, zip lock plastic sandwich bags, disposable razors and laundry liquid. 

Here’s how Australians can save up to $763.05 and 797 plastic items from landfill every year just by making five simple and consistent plastic free swaps. 

  • Takeaway coffee:

    average takeaway coffee in a disposable coffee cup costs $4.00.
    Sustainable alternative: KeepCup 8oz costs $14.00 from Biome. Receive up to $0.50 discount when you use your reusable coffee cup at Responsible Cafes.
    Waste saved: 250 single use coffee cups*
    Annual savings: $111* *Based on a $0.50 discount on one coffee per day for 250 working days minus the cost of the KeepCup.

  • Bottled water:

    Mount Franklin Spring Water Bottle 600ml costs $2.15.
    Sustainable alternative: Biome Stainless Steel Water Bottle 750ml costs $34.95.
    Waste saved: 250 plastic water bottles*
    Annual savings: $502.55* *Based on one bottle of Mount Franklin water per day for 250 working days minus the cost of the reusable bottle. 

  • Zip lock plastic sandwich bags:

    Hercules Click Zip Resealable Snack Size Sandwich Bags 65 pack costs $2.90.
    Sustainable alternative: Lunchskins Reusable Sandwich Bag $13.95 from Biome. A reusable sandwich bag can last over ten years with care.
    Waste saved: 250 single use plastic zip lock bags*
    Annual savings: $9.75* *Based on a ten year average of one zip lock bag used per day for 250 working days and minus the cost of a reusable bag.

  • Disposable razors:

    Gillette Venus Disposable Shaving Razor, three razors per pack, costs $10.
    Sustainable alternative: Parker 95R Unisex Safety Razor including five blades, costs $44.95 from Biome. 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 ten year average of five shaves per blade/razor shaving every second day minus the cost of the safety razor.

  • Laundry Liquid:

    Omo Active Clean Laundry Liquid Detergent Front and Top Loader one litre (20 washes) costs $10.00 = $0.50 per wash.
    Sustainable alternative: That Red House Soapberries one kilogram bag (365 washes) costs $41.95 from Biome = $0.11 per wash.
    Waste saved: 8 plastic bottles*
    Annual savings: $60.84* *Based on three laundry washes per week. 

“These calculations show how easy it can be to save hundreds of dollars while reducing plastic waste, but there are many other money and waste saving alternatives,” said Ms Bailey. 

“You can further reduce plastic waste by swapping shampoo in a plastic bottle for a shampoo bar, plastic food wrap for reusable beeswax wraps, and by making your own skin care products from natural ingredients instead of purchasing products in plastic containers.” 

For more plastic free, money saving ideas visit Biome in store or online at www.biome.com.au

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