ECO: Ditch plastic razors and toothbrushes this #PlasticFreeJuly

05 July 2018

Recent plastic free initiatives including the plastic bag ban have set a precedent for Australians intensifying the awareness for immediate change to plastic use and disposal.

Ms Bailey, founder of Biome Eco Stores, said it is now a great time for Australians to assess other areas of their lives where disposable plastic is used.

“Plastic Free July’s Top 4 challenge encouraging people to stop using single use plastic water bottles, bags, straws and coffee cups is a great place to start, but there are many other areas in our lives where we can reduce the use of disposable plastics including in our kitchens and bathrooms,” she said.

“Australians use and dispose of over 30 million plastic toothbrushes every year totalling approximately 900 tonnes of waste. That’s approximately 180% of the total waste of the 3.92 billion plastic bags Australians send to landfill each year.

“Additionally, most plastic disposable razors made from a hard-to-recycle plastic end up in landfill. These disposable plastic products can easily be replaced with reusable or compostable alternatives such as a stainless-steel safety razor and a bamboo toothbrush.

“Disposable plastic kitchen products including food packaged in single use bags, cling wrap and synthetic dish cloths can also be replaced with environmentally friendly reusable alternatives, eliminating plastic waste entirely.”

Plastic Free July begins on 1 July 2018 and encourages people to reduce single use plastic waste for the month.

For beginners, Ms Bailey recommends participating in Plastic Free July’s Top 4 challenge to stop using single use plastic water bottles, shopping bags, straws and takeaway coffee cups.

To boost Plastic Free July efforts, Ms Bailey recommends making a lifelong commitment to reducing plastic waste by eliminating the use of other plastic disposable products and replacing them with environmentally friendly alternatives.

Tracey Bailey’s five tips to boost your Plastic Free July efforts:

  1. Swap a plastic toothbrush for a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush
  2. Swap plastic cling wrap for reusable beeswax wraps or vegan wax wraps
  3. Buy package free food from bulk wholefood suppliers and shop at farmers markets
  4. Switch to a reusable stainless-steel safety razor
  5. Make your own body care and cleaning products from natural ingredients

Biome Reusable Safety Razors 


Biome is dedicated to protecting the environment via an ethical and innovative retail business model that empowers customers to make a difference to the wellbeing of themselves and the planet through education, and by providing an extensive range of thoroughly-evaluated environmentally - and socially - responsible products.

Plastic Free July was developed in 2011 to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in people’s lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year. The challenge is to refuse single-use plastic during July. Single-use includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging or anything that is intended only to be used once and then discarded. Alternatively, participants can try the TOP 4 challenge and refuse plastic bags, bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws. 

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