Here’s How Some of Sydney’s Finest are Going Plastic-Free for July

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We spoke with four health and wellness experts on how they will be going plastic-free for July.

In a time where people are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious and understand the impacts of plastic on our environment, health and wellness experts join Plastic Free July to help make our environment a better place to live.

Dr Lewis Ehrlich, Holistic Dentist – Sydney Holistic Dental Centre

“I use a biodegradable toothbrush or electric toothbrush. We are meant to change our #toothbrush every 3 months or after we have been unwell.

In Australia, we use about 30 million toothbrushes a year, all of which eventually go to landfill. If you decide to make the switch like I have, keep your old toothbrushes as cleaning utensils around the house rather than throwing them out.

If you are concerned about going back to a manual brush put your #dentist to work and get them to spend the time going over good brushing technique. Do the right thing by your teeth and the environment.”

Ali Cotton – Designer and founder First Base, ethical and sustainable Sports Lifestyle Brand

“At First Base we are constantly working towards being a fully ethical and sustainable sports lifestyle brand. Solving the packaging problem as a fashion brand has been a priority from the get go.

All our good are individually packed in plastic bags and that’s thousands of bags each year that would ultimately go to landfill, and that is not cool! We researched many options for a more sustainable solution and landed on biodegradable poly bags. All of our poly bags are now made fromD2W Biodegradable plastic, which will degrade completely within 3-5 years and leave no harmful traces in the environment.”

Lauren Vickers – Model, Personal Trainer and founder of eco-friendly activewear Paco Loves Luna

Made using recycled plastic bottles to create lightweight, quick dry eco-friendly clothing for women – Paco Loves Luna showcases activewear for all shapes & sizes, including maternity and plus sizes.

Following her love of fitness, beauty and activewear Lauren Vickers is weaving her worlds together and has launched online activewear store Paco Loves Luna. The brand ranges from simple colours through to creative prints with all the fabrics being eco-friendly, even down to the stitching being hand sewn with 100% organic cotton. Paco Loves Luna brings comfortable and quality activewear to all forms of fitness, from your yoga class right through to your weights and cardio workouts. Lauren, along with Paco Loves Luna are looking forward to bringing more sustainable, eco-friendly options to Australian shores.

Heather Beekan Founder of the Natural and Australian Skin and oral care brand KOHLE

“As a beauty brand, we’ve become really conscious of our impact on the environment, we’re aware that our products have a lot of packaging and so now we look at how we can reduce and use more eco-friendly options.

We steer away from standard shipping satchels and opt for bio-degradable satchels or boxes. In addition, when buying the ingredients to manufacture the products we purchase the exact amount that we need if we don’t manage to use all the ingredients we put it aside to use in the next batch so there is no wastage.”

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Rebecca Wilkinson

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Rebecca is a pescatarian, who may yet one day become a vegan. She loves all things health & travel with a weakness for coffee, and is often found scouring the city for the latest tastes in breakfast smoothie bowls. If you can't find her, or she's not answering her mobile - it's probably because she's hiding in a yoga studio, working on her zen.

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