there is no planet B

Celebrating people and organisations undertaking positive steps towards a new, earth-friendly, consumer economy.

Introducing Planet Protector™

Planet Protector is a South African campaign to foster a softer consumer-footprint on the planet. It aims to inspire people, brand owners and businesses to produce and consume more consciously.

The environmental impact of humanity’s unsustainable production and consumption of throw-away products and packaging rivals that of climate change. We need to change the game, now. Because there is no Planet B.

Planet Protector employs 1) a certification scheme and 2) a social media platform to mobilise, motivate and monitor change. It celebrates brave steps towards sustainability whilst challenging laggards to up their game.

The planetary impact of humanity’s unsustainable production and consumption of throw-away products and packaging rivals that of climate change. We need to change the game, now. Because there is no Planet B.

Planet Protector employs a certification and membership scheme as well as a social media platform to mobilise and monitor change. It celebrates brave steps towards sustainability whilst challenging laggards to up their game.

Find Out More

The Good

Find information on zero waste stores, eco-friendly packaging suppliers, green events,  like minded organisations and businesses that are making a difference for our oceans!

The Bad

Our listing of businesses and organisations using polystyrene, excessive packaging and single use plastics. Encourage them to change and help us create a better city.

Help Us Ban EPS In Durban

Many Durbanites are unaware of the impact of EPS and enjoy the material because it is cheap, light, insulating and disposable. However, it has a dark side.

Understanding The Plastic Problem

Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean, by mass, unless we change. Find out more about the issues around Plastic Pollution in our oceans

Reusable Water Bottle:

This cleverly made bottle with incredible insulation means hot beverages for 12 hours and cold for 24 for hours! Basically, you can leave your bottle with a cold beverage in the car, on a hot summers day while you enjoy a day at the beach, and return to a COOL drink in your cool bottle. On the same note fill it with a hot drink during winter and you have hot, hot chocolate for hours. Honestly a superb investment that also happens to avoid your need for plastic water/juice/soft drink bottles or disposable coffee, tea, hot chocolate disposable cups. A big thumbs up from us. Find this one and many others at https://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za/

Reusable shopping bags:

Many of you can relate to having a cupboard somewhere in the kitchen filled with plastic bags that you will reuse…one day. Reusable shopping bags like this one from http://www.IamGreen.co.za/ can be left in your car so every time you shop you can avoid that accumulation. There is also a selection of tote bags that can be rolled or folded in handbags or laptop bags, which allows for spontaneous shopping without a guilty conscious. Many places now sell fresh produce bags which means weighing your fruit or veg does not have to be a plastic affair.

Reusable Beverage Cup:

We have all had those mornings when we are running late but cannot survive without that first cuppa or we miss that all-important breakfast. Fortunately there are take away coffees and breakfast smoothies to get us through the morning – thanks to these swanky reusable cups we can still enjoy these morning essentials over and over without filling our landfill or our oceans with plastic cups, lids and straws. Find these very chic ones at https://www.ecoffeecup.co.za/

Reusable Straws:

Which brings us to our next favourite pick. Reusable straws! We absolutely commemorate businesses for their use of paper straws, however after a few sips they can turn soggy and usually multiple are needed. These swanky reusable straws come in different colours and shapes and can be reused indefinitely. They even come in sets with a brush cleaner and bag for easy transport.

Beeswax wraps:

There are times that call for packed lunches for work, school or a picnic with the fam. That often means cling wrap or tin foil; both of which are not healthy for our environment or us. Beeswax wraps are a genius alterative for packing sandwiches and other snacks. Simply mold to the shape you need and rinse & dry after using. Glass Tupperwares are also an alternative and many double up as a Pyrex dish that you can use in the oven. Although many come with a plastic lid, you can ditch the lid for these eco container covers that come in all shapes so you can cover leftovers galore, all the while getting those good feels for supporting local by buying from https://www.spazastore.com/.

Reuse:

Going plastic free is a lot about reusing where possible, and there are pretty much eco alternatives for everything we use that is plastic. Not only are you supporting South Africans doing positive things for the environment but it also means voting with your wallet on what you want more of. Lets spread the plastic free love this July and help keep our planet green.

These are some our favourite picks, send us your favourite products for plastic Free July and the businesses you love for all your plastic free needs.

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