Sourcing the Best Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Products

On the 1st of November 2022, NSW will join the ACT, QLD, SA and WA at the forefront of the national sustainability movement by implementing a ban on single-use plastic items.

The ban follows the state-wide prohibition of lightweight single-use plastic bags (implemented in June) and includes straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, bowls, cotton buds, polystyrene takeaway food containers and more.

The scale of damage inflicted by callous human disposal of plastic products throughout the past 50 years is simply immeasurable. Since regular production of plastic bags began in the 1970’s, scientists tragically estimate that mankind has effectively killed off 49% of all marine life species (Living Blue Planet Report 2015, WWF).

By banning harmful plastic products, we are reducing the shameful amount of plastic that currently pollutes our oceans and taking an important step towards a brighter, more sustainable future for us all.

“The ban is expected to stop 2.7 billion single-use items from ending up in our natural environment and waterways over the next 20 years.”

NSW Treasurer and Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean

A number of products are temporarily exempt from the ban. These exemptions extend to serving utensils (such as salad servers or tongs), packing seals for food and beverage items and items that are mechanically attached to or included within food packaging (such as a straw in a juicebox).

A two-year exemption for plastic-lined paper plates and bowls that are decorated with patterns and/or pictures has also been granted by the state government to give small businesses time to adjust to the new legislation.

These everyday products have been a part of our lives for decades- what do we use now?

There are so many great alternatives to these soon-to-be-banned plastic products- and TurnKey Promotions can help you get your hands on them in no time at all!

We pride ourselves on sourcing thoughtfully designed, clever alternatives to products comprised of toxic plastics or materials. Plus, we can customize any item we source with your company logo or brand message.

Some of our favourite eco-friendly, reuseable products include:

Ash Recycled Large Shopper Tote
This durable shopper tote holds more than 30lbs. features a large open main compartment, 11.5″ drop handles and is made of RPET material.

Replaces: Single-use plastic bags
Harvest Produce Bags in Pouch
Includes five mesh drawstring bags in a drawstring polyester pouch.

Replaces: Plastic produce bags
Newton Salad Shaker
This shaker holds salad and dressing in separate compartments (710ml).

Replaces: Polystyrene takeaway food containers
Delish Eco Cutlery Set
Includes full size fork, knife and spoon in a push-lid container. Made from a 50/50 blend of wheat fibre and BPA free polypropylene.

Replaces: Disposable plastic cutlery
Reuseable Straw in Bottle Opener Case
The flexible, reusable straw collapses to fit into a portable container equipped with a bottle opener.

Replaces: Plastic straws
Bendigo Enamel Bowl
Durable stainless steel bowl which is BPA-free and has a stylish enamel finish.

Replaces: Paper bowls (takeaway food packaging)

To enquire about any of the products listed above, please call TurnKey Promotions on 1300 153 707. Alternatively, for more great eco-friendly promotional products, download and browse Turnkey Promotions’ Eco-Living Catalogue.

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