The end of the month marks the end of Plastic Free July. At Harvest, Plastic Free Launceston has been delivering informative activities for the month of July offering useful tips and sharing skills on reducing plastic use in everyday living, such as making plastic-free household and self cleaning products, beeswax wraps and composting. This Saturday (27 July), listen out for the low-pitched hum of sewing machines as marketgoers get hands-on and learn to craft their own reuseable bags using recycled material. This will be the last of the Plastic Free July activities so make sure you don’t miss out!
How have you reduced your plastic use? Maybe you have not managed to make changes yet. You still have time and many of the Harvest Stallholders offer year round alternatives. Elgaar Farm has their glass milk bottle exchange program and also sell all their delicious cheeses wrapped in paper. Get your grains, beans and pulses in paper and corn starch wrappers from the Grain Family, and your micro greens delicately packaged in compostable containers from Huski Greens. Bring your own mug and grab a hot brew from Ritual Coffee or Provenance. Or why not purchase a keep cup from the Harvest Information stall, with a free coffee voucher found in each cup! While we’re on the topic of mugs, The Wooden Ladle will fill your own cup or mug with their hot selection of soups – a sure way to keep your hands and tummy warm on these cool winter mornings.
Harvest’s ready-to-eat stallholders – Smallgrain, Afghani Bolani, Seoul Food, Wanderlust, Casa Paella, Vineyard Seafood, Meat Bread Cheese, Liffey Creperie, Mount Gnomon Farm, Kabul Veggie Delights, One on the Slide – all use compostable containers and packaging that can go straight into our FOGO bins. FOGO stands for Food Organic, Garden Organic and are the large green bins in use at the market. If you have any queries about what can and can’t go into these bins just ask our friendly volunteers who will be more than happy to provide direction.
If you are purchasing veggies, remember to bring your reusable bags. The Harvest Information tent also have lovely hessian bags for only $10 if you forget. Erinvale Farm offer customers their creamy potatoes in tough, all-weather paper bags, and our olive oil producers – Coronea Grove Olives and Lentara Grove – will happily fill up your own reusable bottle.
Finally, if your looking for something sweet or baked – Sandy’s Sourdough, Apiece, Manubread and Modo Mio Naked, and Delicious Little Things – put all their sweet treats, savouries and baked breads in paper bags.
These are just some of the ways Harvest is helping you stay plastic free all year round!