Plastic free and sustainable living

Hey guys,

As we wrap up our campaign we’d love to leave you with some great organisations who we think do a stellar job at promoting ecofriendly, plastic free and sustainable living practices. We hope that you’ve learnt a handful of things about how much the environment has been affected by something so overlooked as plastic bags.

Sydney Sustainability

Founded in 2013 as a way to promote sustainable events and information in Sydney. We think this site and Facebook community is great because living in such a busy city like Sydney, you can easily become unaware of all the detrimental practices going on. Head on over and have a read about how living sustainably is necessary! Who knows, maybe you’ll get some handy tips as well ūüėČ

Plastic Free Tuesday 

Our friends at Plastic Free Tuesday do a great job at reducing our plastic footprint. We’ve done a post on them before! Start reducing plastic waste one day at a time – literally. Just spend one day out of your week, not consuming or wasting and plastic and see how you go. Don’t forget to tweet at @Plasticfreetues and #plasticfreetuesday

Ecothrifty Living

Zoe from Ecothrifty living is an inspiration! Her blog covers great tips on how an ecofriendly lifestyle is better for our planet, our health and our wallets! If you’re tight on the budget and looking for some tips, definitely head on over.

My Plastic Free Life 

If you don’t know Beth, then where have you been living!? Beth Terry started living a completely plastic-free lifestyle in 2007 and has been blogging about it ever since. She’s your one stop shop for ways on living plastic-free or general plastic pollution news. She’s definitely an inspiration. We can only hope to be as sustainable as you one day Beth!

Thanks for joining us on this journey. Don’t forget to always try and say “no” whenever you’re faced with the option of a plastic bag. The environment and our furry friends will thank you in the long run. Let’s help band together and reduce plastic bag waste. It’s a long process, but starts with one person standing up against plastic.

Tote simple, Totewise!

Over and out!


Weekly Plasticfree roundup

It’s that time of week again boys and girls! It’s our weekly plasticfree roundup where we deliver to you interesting plasticfree, zerowaste, eco-friendly content we’ve found. As always, hit us up if you ever find anything interesting that you think should be featured!

1. ‘Waste Less, Live More’ week¬†

Waste Less, Live More is an organisation that runs a annual week-long campaign that encourages society to be more aware that environmental and social issues are linked. This year it’s been running from September 22-28th and it’s still not too late to join in. The theme this year is ‘Be Resourceful’ – i.e. finding new, creative and inventive ways to live better within our means. We can think of a number of ways to be resourceful with what you’ve got without needing to source out any other materials. Running with the theme of Totewise, you can so easily reduce the need for “new” plastic bags when you go shopping, purely by bringing along a reusable bag you’ve already got. And it’s definitely a solution that can run for longer than a week.

Can you think of any other ways to be resourceful?

2. Plastic bags aren’t the only detrimental plastics¬†

This is a great read for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge on what plastics harm the environment and the issue of plastic waste in general. Polythene Pam from the amazing Plastic is Rubbish campaign provides a little insight into why she decided to give up plastic and how you can do it yourself. Totes inspiring, we recommend you give this a read if you want to start living a slightly more waste free life! And you might also find out some crazy facts – like sneaky products where that contain plastic that you wouldn’t have known about.

Did you know that sometimes plastic beads are added to toothpaste to add colour?

3. Cotton On Foundation – Canvas Bags

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We recently did a post on where you can find some great canvas totes around Sydney, but a lovely community member informed us that Cotton On also sells canvas bags at a meagre price of $2. At only $2 you can grab yourself a long-lasting reusable bag, but the best part is it also contributes to the Cotton On Foundation which runs projects to help empower youths. Helping youths and the environment! That’s a win in our books – and they’re great lookin’ bags too!

There you have it community tote-rs! That’s a plasticfree wrap up this week. Hopefully we’ve inspired some of you to go out and grab yourselves a canvas bag, kick that plastic habit and be resourceful!

Enjoy your weekend! #totewise

Sydney totes

This goes out to all the people out there that think you can’t find a good lookin’ tote bag. We’ve compiled a list of the best tote bags in Sydney. So what are you waiting for? There’s no better time to tote simple, totewise.

Photo credit: Reuben Hills

1. Reuben Hills $15

If you love their coffee, you’ll be pleased to know that Reuben Hills have their very own eco-friendly canvas tote bag.

Photo credit: Literary gift company

2. Ariel Booksellers $30

For all the bookworms out there. Now you can tote your love loud and proud!

Photo credit: Paramount Coffee Project

3. Paramount Coffee Project

We can’t find the price, but they posted to their Facebook page with the simple caption of “You can carry all your shit in this tote if you want” and that’s all we need to know #getonit

Photo credit: Kinokuniya Japan

3. Books Kinokuniya $6-10

We can testify to the practicality and sturdiness of the Kinokuniya bags – our tote bags of choice. Book bag, grocery bag, laptop bag, shopping bag…the uses for this bag are endless. If you only ever invest in one canvas bag your whole entire life, you best make it this one.

Photo credit: The Better Living Index

4. The Local Harvest Collective $35+

The best thing about The Local Harvest Collective Bags is that you get a great little bag of organic, seasonal local fruit and veggie produce with it. You can snag one of these bad boys from their market held on the rooftop of the Paramount Building every Saturday from 9:30am-1pm.