10 December 2014

November Eco Challenge WINNER


We love a lot of things at Sustainababy, but if you’ve been following us for a while now you’ll know that the plastic bag is most definitely NOT on our ‘love list’.  This month at Sustainababy we asked our Eco Challenge community to break up with the plastic bag and Turn It Loose by saying, “No!” to plastic in the supermarket, around their bread and in the home. Sound tricky? Hear how our November Eco Challenge Winner, Kara-Maree Nevell turned it loose and ditched plastic bags around her home.

Hi, my name is Kara. I am a stay-at-home mum to one adorable little toddler.

My ‘Turn It Loose’ Journey began while I was out shopping! I’ve put together a little excerpt taken from my shopping adventures:

It was an ordinary Sunday down at my local Harris Farm Markets. I had my trolley and started collecting fruits and veggies when... I had a light bulb moment and may have even said out loud, “THE CHALLENGE!” “I’m supposed to ditch plastic bags... OOPS!” I didn’t have any reusable bags with me. So I decided just to turn it loose straight into the trolley (except for the grapes and mushrooms). Well, you can imagine what happened next. I had people rushing to pick up kiwi fruits and whatever else was tumbling down onto the floor, from the top basket of my trolley. (Yes, I was slightly embarrassed).

At last, I was standing at the checkout, “PHEW!” My family had finally caught up to me. George, my husband, glanced at the trolley, proceeded to give me a strange look and said, “Um, the loose stuff is going to be a bit of a challenge.” (Hmm... um, I didn’t think about that). I apologised* to the checkout lady for the loose fruit and vegetables strewn all over the conveyor belt that she also had to somehow weigh...

*NOTE: Instead of just apologising, I should have also added that I was looking at ways I could reduce my household wastage and contribute less to landfill.


Although I didn’t get off to the best start with the ‘Turn It Loose’ Challenge; I think it was the most important experience of my journey. Yes, I had forgotten all about the challenge and was totally unprepared. BUT at least I made the decision to ditch plastic bags, which was the first step towards change. Since then, I have actively taken further steps to ensure my family ditches plastic, such as using reusable shopping bags, produce bags and bread bags.


Below are just a few suggestions and tips to help you and your family ‘TURN IT LOOSE’!

  • TAKE up the challenge! DITCH plastic or at least reduce how much you use!
  • INVEST in some:
    • Reusable Shopping Bags: Keep them in your car, so you don’t keep buying them!
    • Reusable Produce Bags: These are important so that your produce doesn’t end up on the shop floor. Produce bags are great for the fridge too. Keep your fruits and veggies in them. Brands: 4myearth, Onya, and Norwex.


Last of all, I would like to thank the teams at Sustainababy and 4myearth for challenging me to ‘Turn It Loose’. THANK YOU!

Congratulations Kara! A fantastic effort to ditch the plastic and thanks for sharing your journey. For your efforts you have won a 4myearth prize pack of two bread bags, two cotton produce bag packs (three bags in each pack) and a food cover value pack valed at over $100. Enjoy!

Thank you to 4myearth for sponsoring the November Turn It Loose Eco Challenge.  If you would like to sponsor future Sustainababy Eco Challenges and introduce your product or brand to our large following of eco parents, please contact info@sustainababy.com.au

CATEGORY: Eco Challenge, plastic, 4myearth | POSTED BY: Belinda Doyle |