We began a few years ago in our kitchen when preparing school lunches. I had just read about the health implications from plastic toxin exposure, and here I was sending our children off for the day with lunches encased in potentially harmful packaging. I took stock - plastic cling wrap, lunch boxes, drink bottles, food storage, straws…we could not escape plastic.
From that moment, I was passionate about researching plastics and had a dream of offering alternatives to parents who also shared my concerns. Coming from a midwifery and nursing background and also completing my maternal child health nursing, I was acutely aware that parents shared a deep concern not only for the safety of their little people but also for the world in which they would inherit.
My husband soon developed a passion for avoiding plastics, partly because I was always yelling “ Don’t put hot food in the plastic container, I don’t care if it is BPA free!” but also because he had started to notice increasing amounts of plastic pollution during his morning walks on the beach with our labradoodle, Rizzo. He was heartbroken to see our beautiful coastline seemingly covered in small pieces of plastic, intertwined in seaweed and littered over the foreshore where our children play.
Plastic Free Living was officially founded late 2018 and is based near the beautiful beaches of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. From its inception PFL has aimed to offer quality plastic free alternatives to homewares, including drink and food storage, kitchen utensils, as well as personal care items such as toothbrushes and also reusable food wraps and biodegradable/compostable bin liners.
We hold ourselves to account environmentally, ensuring that our packaging has the least amount of plastics possible. When plastic packaging is required for health and safety reasons, we work closely with our suppliers to source compostable plastics (where possible).
We have also aligned ourselves with Sea Shepherd as part of our carbon offset program.
Plastic free living will continue to grow and offer plastic free alternatives with the hope that generations of people will be able to live in a beautiful and sustainable world.
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