As you already know, we’re banning plastics around Australia. First it was bags, now it’s straws, or maybe the other way around—I don’t remember. Regardless, both are banned and have been replaced with alternatives.
Well, things are about to get a bit more complicated starting on the first of September. Even more items will be included on the ban list such as stirrers, plates, cutlery, and polystyrene takeaway containers. Despite this, there’s still a lot on the list not part of the ban, so I advise businesses to take a look at it and prepare, because this is a lot sooner than I initially thought.
Businesses with legitimate need for single-use plastic items (such as dentists, hospitals, etc) are exempt from this sort of thing. If you’re not sure, you visit the National Retail Association website or call them (link below).
Granted, this isn’t necessarily a huge concern for most people; they simply become aware that maybe their coffee spoon is a little more wooden than before. It does get pretty complicated when it comes to straws though.
Still, I think this is a great idea and there are definitely plenty of alternatives to these simple things. Some businesses allow you to take your own cup to fill at gas stations, convenience stores, etc. and you can always just use your own plates and silverware at home with takeout. Unfortunately, you’re still going to have to deal with plastic takeout containers, but those are recyclable at least. And we should all be doing our best to recycle.
There are also a variety of straws you can use to take around. We have collapsible straws that come with a container that my husband and I take to the movies. We also find that homemade bags, courtesy of the mother-in-law, tend to hold so much more than the flimsy plastic bags before ever could. And that’s a ton of waste that doesn’t end up in landfills.
I know this is kind of weak, but mostly what I’m trying to say is that we can adapt. It might be annoying or a little complicated at first, but it’s possible. Things can still be normal while still better for the environment.
National Retail Association: https://qldplasticsban.com.au/