Soft plastics in the bag

Published on 25 June 2021

Rachel Koopmans and her family took on the recent Plastic Free July challenge to “do a bit more for the environment” and were quickly surprised with the results.

“Once I started pulling out soft plastics, there was virtually no rubbish left,” said Rachel.

“By the end of July, we didn’t even have one whole rubbish bag of general waste. I was absolutely amazed.”

The Highbury-based family had already been using a Mini Muncher kitchen caddy to collect kitchen scraps and other household organic waste for their green organics bin.

This is a far better option than putting these items in their red-lidded rubbish bin, where contents end up going to waste in landfill.

Rachel said separating soft plastics was a simple change to make and one that her four children readily took on board.

“When you do your regular shopping, you can just drop them off in the REDcycle bin at Coles or Woolies. I’m not having to do any extra driving or anything extraordinary to deal with our soft plastics.

“This is great for people who are busy and want to be environmentally conscious without using any further resources.”

The family’s next goal is to see what else they can do to reduce the level of rubbish they create.

“For now it’s baby steps. I will continue to investigate more ways to recycle,” said Rachel.

“Even small steps are immeasurably important. There is a knock-on effect with less rubbish and less stuff to recycle.”