PLASTIC FREE LIVING AT THE CO-OP

News

PLASTIC FREE LIVING AT THE CO-OP
5th July, 2017

Did you know that 50% of the world’s plastic goes into items only used once? The top four are coffee cups, bottles, straws and plastic bags. We have great alternatives for the top four single-use plastics, and more, at the Co-op.

The struggle with the big four is to remember them. How do we get into those routines that reduce waste? Perhaps rather than storing some of the items in your cupboard, make it part of your routine to wash and dry them and put them straight back into your bag. Then they are ready to go with you!

Coffee cups – we sell the glass model Keep Cups. There are a number of Blue Mountains cafes registered with the Responsible Cafes register as giving a discount on BYO cups.

Drink bottles – we stock Earthlust bottles, made from high-quality food-grade steel and BPA-free polypropylene and Klean Kanteen Stainless steel bottles that come with different lids in standard bottles and insulated.

Straws – we sell both stainless steel and glass but the trick is to get in quick to whip them out before cafe staff put in a plastic one. Perhaps try handing your straw to the staff as you order?

Shopping bags – we stock a range of reusable shopping bags, from the wet-weather friendly Yetty bags, jute Co-op bags, Apple Green Duck hemp bags to Moroccan market bags and gorgeous Bolga baskets.

Lunch bags and food storage – we have lunch bags made of cloth and organic cotton, stainless steel tiffins in a range of styles and sizes, locally made beeswax wraps for food and sandwiches, and cloth snack and sandwich pockets.

Produce bags and jars – we have a range of produce bags, jars and bottles available for bulk buying food, cleaning and personal care products. We stock locally made and Green Essentials cotton bags, 4MyEarth bamboo bags, and Onya bags made from recycled plastic water bottles. We also make label-free clean recycled jars available for free.

We also have a wide range of plastic-free beauty and personal care products.

Skincare – We sell bulk oils, shea butter, beeswax and clay to make your own skincare products. Locally made Nina’s Bees, Clemence and Bellucci have some skincare products in tins. Many of our skincare ranges have minimal packaging and are in glass jars.

DeodorantEarth Purities have a deodorant paste in recycled cardboard with absolutely no plastic. Shave with Valor’s deodorant comes in a tin. For less plastic, choose Earth Purities roll-ons in recycled glass with plastic lids and roll balls, and locally made Paudha Healing deodorant in glass – again with plastic lids. Or make your own: we sell many of the raw ingredients to get creative and sweetly scented!

Haircare and soapsBeauty and the Bees hair care use cardboard boxes and tins. Most of our soaps have plastic–free packaging. We also have minimal waste options with bulk* shampoos, body cleansers and hand wash. Just bring your own container to reduce the plastic waste!

We sell bamboo toothbrushes, hairbrushes, combs and cotton buds.

Menstrual cups and cloth pads – Lunette menstrual cups are made of surgical grade silicon. We sell Wemoon menstrual pads that are available in cotton, flannelette and organic cotton. These reusables have minimal plastic packaging and can be used for many years.

Laundry – You can be absolutely plastic free by choosing soap berries and then pegging your clothes out with wire pegs. You can also go for reduced plastic by bringing your own containers and buying washing powders and liquids in bulk.

Cleaning – We sell bulk bicarb, citric acid and vinegar to make your own cleaning products, and we have great plastic-free options for washing brushes, sponges and scrub pads. Our brushware products are made of sisal, coconut fibre and wood from ImportAnts and EST Australia. Many of these products can be composted once they have worn out.

DIY yoghurts and cheeses – We sell yogurt cultures, cheese cultures and cheese-making kits. Although this range does use plastic, it reduces the extent of plastic used.

*A note on our bulk containers – once they’re empty we offer these to our customers for reuse rather than send them to be recycled. This reduces their carbon footprint, and they are reused in many ways – e.g. camping, gardening and storage.

Browse Categories

Browse Newsletters

address

Ha'Penny Lane, Katoomba View Map

opening hours

  • day
  • open
  • close
  • Monday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Tuesday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Wednesday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Thursday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Friday
  • 9am
  • 6pm
  • Saturday
  • 8.30am
  • 5pm
  • Sunday
  • 10am
  • 4.30pm

Stock deliveries

  • day
  • Delivery
  • Monday
  • Fruit & Vegetables
  • Tuesday
  • Bread
  • Wednesday
  • Fruit & Vegetables
  • Thursday
  • Fridge Goods, Sol Bread
  • Friday
  • Fruit & Vegetables

Become a member

subscribe to
newsletter

Facebook

Browse Archive