Going Plastic Free in July

March 03, 2023

Think about it. Why would you make something that you’re going to use for a few minutes out of a material that’s basically going to last forever, and you’re just going to throw it away. What’s up with that?

Jeb Berrier, Bag It movie / SUSTAINABILITY / PUBLISHED: MAY-14-2022 BY: Catherine Crocker

There is no such thing as away. When you throw something away it must go somewhere.

Annie Leanard, Founder: The Story of Stuff

We’ve all seen videos of plastic islands that are floating in giant clumps in our oceans; of sea animals struggling to swim due to rings of plastic encircling their necks. Or, closer to home, the plastic pollution on our streets and in our parks.

Plastic Free July is the global movement that began in 2011 and aims at assisting millions of consumers and businesses to reduce their single-use plastic usage by making better choices.

Here at Mojo Candle Co we, too, are committed to doing the same so we can all enjoy “cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities” and to help be a part of the solution to our world’s plastic pollution issue.

Personally for us taking the Plastic Free July challenge is the perfect way of rethinking the way we live, how we consume and encourages us to find solutions that can help us to change habits that remain long after the challenge is over.

Our top picks for going Plastic Free

These are all simple switches that collectively make a big difference over the course of a year.

  • We always carry a reusable water bottle to fill on the run, we love Memo Bottle, Frank Green & Corkcicle which you can find at Upcycle Studio
  • We keep Reusable Produce bags in the car to fill with fruit & veg instead of using plastic
  • Remember to keep a few reusable shopping bags with you so that you always have one for last minute shopping runs...we love Flip & Tumble cause they pack down into little balls that are easy to pop in your bag and have with you when you're on the go.
  • Coffee cups are a must, if you love coffee as much as us drinking out of a reusable coffee cup is so much nicer, we carry ours everywhere.
  • Swap out your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one...such a simple swap and feels so much nicer brushing with a natural toothbrush aaand you can even buy them from your local supermarket now. Its estimated that the US alone throw out 1 BILLION toothbrushes every year so you can imagine how much plastic we'd remove from the environement if we all made the switch. Our fave Bamboo toothbrush is from Evergreen Life
  • Use reusable containers or beeswax wraps instead of cling wrap to store leftovers in your fridge. Theres no need for single use plastic here....you have everything you need to store food already in your kitchen.
  • Deoderant is a big one and a much healthier option for your body and the planet is an all natural one including no parabens, aluminiums or artificial fragrances. Our pick after trialing lots of natural deoserants is No Pong and this one is great cause it comes in a little aluminum tin that can be repurposed when its done.
  • When you're shopping opt for products packed in cardboard or glass if its an option and leave the plastic items behind.
  • Swap out liquid body washes for bars of solid soap wrapped in paper - and if you want to go one step further you can now purchase Shampoo & Conditioner in bar form also...our favourites are from Ethique

Below are some of our faves that we like to have with us when we're on the go...

Insulated Coffee Cup

Reusable Bags

Produce Bags

Corkcicle Bottle

Our commitment to being Plastic Free

Our Glass Vessels
are made of reclaimed Wine & Beer bottles collected from Wineries & Breweries around Australia and are packaged in a brown kraft paper wrap.

Our Ceramic Vessels
are all handmade in Australia and packaged in reusable cotton pouches.

Our Diffusers
are all poured into reclaimed bottles and utilise natural diffuser reeds rather than the synthetic versions. This means when they reach their end-of-life they will break down naturally and far quicker than their synthetic counterparts. This can be demonstrated by the natural curves in our reed sticks rather than the dead-straight, synthetic versions of other commercial reed diffusers.

Our Materials & Ingredients
We aim to purchase as many of these items locally from Austrailian owned companies to support other small Australian businesses and reduce shipping long distances.

Our Tissue Paper
is FSC Certified, acid free and printed with Soy Inks and is compost or recycle friendly.

Mojos Giftboxes
are packed in kraft boxes with tissue paper, natural wood wool, paper belly bands, hemp ribbons and kraft gift tags.

Mojo Wick Trimmers
are tagged with kraft tags tied on using natural hemp string and wrapped in tissue paper.

Mojo Candle Care Kits
are wrapped in Tissue paper and packed in a reusable cotton pouch.

Mojo Deliveries
are packed in cardboard boxes, sealed with Kraft paper tape and filled with 100% biodegradable/compostable corn starch void fill with all deliveries Carbon offset.

Powered by
100% Australian Owned Green Energy

Miscellaenous Items
We print on recycled paper, use sustainable bamboo toilet paper & paper towel and use refillable ink cartridges

If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.

— Pete Seeger