The local business turning the tide on plastic waste

Emma TaylorNarrogin Observer
Johanna Eppler with daughter Heidi inside 'Wild and Waste Free'
Camera IconJohanna Eppler with daughter Heidi inside 'Wild and Waste Free' Credit: Picture: Emma Taylor

Plastic Free July has put reducing plastic waste at the forefront of many minds this month, none more so than owner of Narrogin bulk foods store Wild and Waste Free, Johanna Eppler.

Wild and Waste Free focuses on preventing waste by selling goods free of plastic and packaging.

It encourages customers to bring their own containers to purchase products by weight.

Ms Eppler said going plastic-free was a fast-growing concept and Plastic Free July was a great way to encourage a sustainable lifestyle.

“It’s a perfect opportunity to dip your toes in and have a go,” she said. “I always say you don’t have have to go all in and cut out all plastic. Like any new habit, if you go too hard it just becomes too hard to maintain.

“Starting small is definitely the best way, that might just be taking a reusable coffee cup to the cafe, or taking your bags to Coles or trying out shopping at a bulk foods store.”

Ms Eppler said there were a lot of people getting behind loose produce stores as a way to reduce plastic waste in Perth, and she wanted to open Wild and Waste Free in Narrogin to give people in regional WA the same opportunity.

“Over the year we’ve seen people go from coming in to fill up one or two containers to doing their entire dry goods shop here,” she said.

Ms Eppler urged people to reflect on their daily habits and look for areas in which they could adjust their single use plastic consumption.

“It’s OK if you have non-negotiables. If there’s no way you could do plastic-free in some areas that’s fine, you can always make changes elsewhere,” she said.

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