We are excited to announce we are the new Australian dealers for U-Konserve, a reusable food storage brand based out of Sausalito, California. U-Konserve is the pioneer provider of waste-free food storage and offers silicone-topped stainless-steel containers, and waste-free accessories to help reduce single-use plastic associated with lunches, takeout, travel, outdoor adventures, bulk shopping, and family leftovers. As a Certified B Corporation and member of 1% for the Planet, U-Konserve is using business for good by creating a positive impact on employees, communities, and the environment. U-Konserve’s range of plastic-free reusable food storage containers has something for the whole family.
Long before zero-waste living was making headlines, U-Konserve was creating products to help people live a zero-waste lifestyle. On average, Australians use 130kg of plastic per person each year. Less than 12% of that’s recycled. More frightening still, up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into our waterways and into the ocean. Once in the ocean, it endangers our marine wildlife. Studies have also shown that it has begun to enter the food chain and end up on our plates. Plastic is an incredibly versatile material, made to be strong and durable. Unfortunately, most plastics are made to be used once before being discarded. They’re convenient for a few minutes, but often end up in landfills, by the sides of roads, as litter in parks and floating in our oceans for hundreds of years before breaking down into microplastics.
The truth is, plastic is everywhere and it doesn’t disappear. But together, we can fix this urgent waste crisis now. Some of our state and territory politicians are showing great leadership in helping to beat plastic pollution. But there is still a lot more to be done. Including addressing the consistently most littered item in Australia, cigarette butts.
Following a cascade of state-led announcements regarding a phase-out of single-use plastics, Australia has finally agreed upon a national approach! A recent meeting between the nation’s Environment Ministers produced the National Plastics Plan 2021, which will see all single-use plastics phased out by 2025.
South Australia, Queensland and the ACT were the first states to ban certain single-use plastics, which has been operating successfully since 2021. Victoria and Western Australia will phase out certain single-use plastics by 2023. So, there’s definitely action happening on a national scale — but this policy plan will help to kickstart the phase-out process for New South Wales, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.