Plastic is a convenient way of transporting food and drink, as well as packaging for bathroom and cleaning products, and even everyday items like toothbrushes. And then there’s single-use plastic which is only used once before being thrown away, like plastic bags, straws, and most food packaging.
The good news is we’re seeing more action than ever to reduce plastic waste. This year’s Earth Day was all about ending plastic pollution, as was World Environment Day. In the UK, Mcdonald’s will switch from plastic to paper straws by 2019. Closer to home, Western Australia has banned the bag, while Queensland’s plastic bag ban begins this July.
From only a handful of Western Australians in 2011 to millions of participants across 150 countries today, Plastic Free July encourages everyone to reduce plastic waste by avoiding single use plastics and switching to more sustainable alternatives instead.
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Going totally plastic free can be daunting, so we created a 31 Day Plastic Free Challenge to get you started. The challenge can be undertaken any time of the year and is perfect to share with your family, school, workplace, or community.
Download the calendar here, print and put it in a visible area of a shared space. As you complete each challenge, mark them off. Don’t worry if you missed a day – just try again the next day.
Plastic free bingo
Even in schools where children’s lunches are often packed in disposable sandwich bags, it’s never too early to start the conversation about plastic waste. Children retain far more than we give them credit for, which makes the case for kerbside waste education in early childhood education.
The Plastic Free Bingo is a simple way for anyone to make small but immediate changes to curb consumption of single use plastic in their everyday lives.
Throughout July, we’ll be updating you with tips, tricks and resources to help you reduce unnecessary plastic use. Check out our daily Instagram stories feed for daily tips and stay tuned to our Sustainable Future hub for updates all month long.
Commit to going plastic free this July with a wallpaper on your mobile phone. Choose the right size and download from the links below.
Ready to bid farewell to single use plastic packaging? Start by going nude food.