The removal of single-use plastic bags in NSW’s two biggest supermarkets has changed the way we think about plastic.
Residents across the state are becoming more and more aware of what they can do to make Australia as sustainable as possible.
Macarthur is no exception and two local businesses have jumped on an initiative which aims to further reduce our plastic consumption.
Samadhi Whole Foods in Camden and Seta’s Cafe in Campbelltown are both signed up to the Trashless Takeaway initiative, which encourages diners to bring their own containers – whatever form they may take – to take their meals and leftovers home.
The website trashlesstakeaway.com.au lists businesses which follow the sustainable practice.
Oliver Boudib, owner of Samadhi Whole Foods, said the concept was still relatively unknown in the community.
“We’ve had a few people take us up on the offer but it’s still just getting off the ground,” he said.
“It’s a great idea, everything we can do to minimise our impact on the earth is worth it.
“Australia is probably still 15 years behind where we need to be when it comes to sustainability, but we’re getting there.”
Instead of picking up their takeaway food in the traditional ‘Chinese takeaway containers’, the initiative encourages customers to bring anything they like to the store to hold their food.
Items can include Tupperware containers, pots and pans or anything else capable of safely transporting food.
Mr Boudib hopes more businesses follow suit and commit to reducing plastic waste.
“We’ve already seen in other states that removing plastic bags has had a really positive effect,” he said.
“This is the same sort of idea.
“It makes sense from a business point of view as well, because you’re actually saving money and reducing waste at the same time.”
Mr Boudib said he loved seeing people bring their own containers into the store.
Samadhi only serves vegetarian and vegan foods, another attempt to reduce the store’s negative impact on the world.
“I think the world is going to catch up soon and realise that meat is not a sustainable way forward,” he said. “We’ve still got a long way to go before we’re truly sustainable.”
Samadhi also encourages customers to bring their own coffee cops and straws.