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My 1st Year Of “Buy Nothing New” and Why I Am Going to Do It Again

2017! Wow, what a year. My first year of โ€œBuy Nothing New.โ€

Many people have done this challenge, however few have done it while living in a home with 2 small children and a partner that is still in the early stages of understanding โ€œzero waste.โ€

Last year while on our annual motorcycle ride, I had 2 weeks to just think and re-evaluate our world, consumerist wise. As I packed for the bike trip I looked at what I was taking for a 2-week trip and realised just how little I needed to be clothed, warm and happy.

Disposable Coffee Cups

It is believed that Australians throw away around 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year, with 90 percent of disposable coffee cups end up in landfill. While many look like theyโ€™re made of paper, they contain plastic linings that donโ€™t biodegrade. Disposable coffee cups are estimated to be the second largest contributor to litter waste after plastic bottles. With Australiansโ€™ growing love of coffee, without action the problem could become even worse....

Plastic Bag Waste in Australia

According to Clean Up Australia, it is estimated that Australians use 5 billion plastic bags each and every year. That equates to 20 million new plastic bags being used every day. Around 200,000 are sent to landfill every single hour. Plastic bags are a global problem, with millions ending up in the ocean each year. Itโ€™s not surprising that so many countries have sought to restrict plastic bag use by making retailers charge for each one they give to consumers, or even banning them completely....