5 clever buys to help you ditch single-use plastic forever


Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. It helps encourage us to move toward cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

You can check out '31 ways to reduce plastic use during Plastic Free July' but we've now got some clever buys to help you ditch single-use plastic forever.

1. Reusable produce bags

You know those single-use plastic bags that you use every time you get vegetables or fruit at New World or Countdown? Well, sadly they take thousands of years to break down in nature.

The solution is easy with super-clever reusable produce bags – which would also be perfect to bring with you to a farmer's market. Rethink.co.nz is a New Zealand company whose passion is to offer sustainable and environmentally conscious products that can easily be incorporated into everyday life. You can purchase their reusable produce bags here.

Oranges in a produce bag

2. A sturdy grocery bag

If you still have not invested in a great bring-everywhere grocery bag, now is the time. Keep it in your car, and make a promise to yourself to not opt for a plastic bag when packing your shopping ever again.

Did you know studies have proven that if you find a bag you actually like the look of, and that is comfortable to carry, chances are much higher you'll actually use it...

Thegreencollective is a Nelson-based company that has big dreams to help New Zealanders live in a more sustainable way. You can purchase their reusable shopping bags here.

Reusable bag with plants in it

3. A reusable water bottle

Plastic water bottles are not only bad for the environment but did you know that they are also not good for your health. There are many companies that offer reusable drink bottles.

Frank Green is a New Zealand Company that has a goal to stop the use of single-use plastic products in New Zealand. You can purchase their highly popular ceramic reusable water bottle here.

Purple reusable bottle sitting on rocks

4. Reusable (and portable) silicone straws

If you are forever drinking your morning smoothie on the go, or like sipping your iced latte out of a straw, well then you need to treat yourself to environmental silicone straws ASAP.

Haakaa is a New Zealand family-owned brand that provides Kiwis with safe, natural, non-toxic, and eco-friendly products online. You can purchase their silicone straws here.

Colourful collection of reusable fun straws

5. Reusable coffee cup

Lastly is the reusable coffee cup. A fair chunk of New Zealanders have already made the switch to using a reusable cup but if you haven't we recommend doing it ASAP. There are tons of great ones to choose from, and many coffee shops not only sell these but will also offer you a discount on your coffee if you bring in your own cup.

Idealcup is a New Zealand brand that makes reusable coffee cups from recycled plastic. You can purchase a Idealcup reusable coffee cup here.

Barista makes coffee inside of a reusable cup