Melbourne-based cook and food writer Alice Zaslavsky knows that reducing waste is a key ingredient in creating Victoria’s sustainable future.
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Melbourne-based cook, food writer and ‘vegelante’ Alice Zaslavsky knows that reducing waste is a key ingredient in creating Victoria’s sustainable future.
Alice is an ambassador for Sustainability Victoria’s Small Acts, Big Impact campaign.
“I'm rapt to be working with Sustainability Victoria on this new campaign, which is making it easier for all Victorians to reduce waste and recycle correctly,” Alice says.
The campaign is supporting Victorians to recycle more and reduce waste by making small changes at home.
Plastic bags, together with other single-use plastic items such as water bottles and straws, make up one third of the litter we see on Victoria’s streets and in our parks and waterways.
The best way to reduce single-use plastic waste is to avoid it in the first place.
“I’m choosing to take my sustainable, reusable bags when I go on the road,” Alice says.
Remembering to take your reusable bags every time you shop helps to reduce the number of plastic bags piling up in landfill, littering our environment and harming wildlife.
“Just by doing the switcheroo to reusable shopping bags and remembering to take them every time you shop, you’ll be saving natural resources, the planet and your dosh!”
By storing your reusable bags in a few convenient locations, you’ll always have some on hand for when you head to the shops.
“Make it easy for yourself by keeping a stash by the front door, where you keep your keys, in the boot of your car and a small one in your bag or backpack,” she says.
Alice has a bunch of ways to help you ditch the single-use plastics when you’re grabbing ingredients from the shops.
In 2019, the Victorian Government implemented a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags. That’s why it’s more important than ever to take simple actions to remember your reusable shopping bags.
Other problematic single-use items have been banned as of February 2023, including straws, cutlery, plates, drink-stirrers, cotton bud sticks, and expanded polystyrene food. So start using reusables whenever you can. You’ll reduce your impact on the environment and save some dosh.
Sustainability Victoria’s A small act makes a big impact campaign highlights simple actions Victorians can do to collectively have a big impact on Victoria’s sustainable future.
Sustainability Victoria Video for the Small Acts, Big Impact campaign by interviewee: Alice Zaslavsky, Small Acts Big Impact Campaign Ambassador.
G’day. I’m Alice Zaslavsky. I’m a Melbourne-based food writer, cook and veggie lover, and I’m choosing to take my sustainable, reusable shopping bags when I go on the road. It’s one small act with a big impact towards Victoria’s sustainable future.
Single use plastics make up a third of the litter that we see in Victoria’s streets, parks and waterways, and they cause serious harm to our wildlife and our health. You grab your plastic bag, you use it for a few minutes, and then you chuck it out, but it stays in the environment for hundreds of years.
Just by switching to reusable shopping bags and remembering to take them when you go shopping, you’ll be saving money, natural resources and the planet. But forgetting your reusable bags happens to the best of us. Make it easy for yourself by keeping some at the front door, somewhere you keep your keys, some in your boot, and some in your bag or backpack.
Even the smallest act can make a big impact towards our sustainable future.
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There are many easy ways to reduce waste and recycle more. Find a small act that works for you and be part of Victoria’s sustainable future.