Plastic free July
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.
Marine litter, much of which is plastic, is a serious, growing and global environmental issue. Estimates suggest around 6-12 million metric tonnes of plastic is going into the oceans each year. The equivalent to about 15 shopping bags of plastic for each metre of global coastline (excluding Antarctica).
Litter kills and injures marine wildlife and threatens ecosystems. It can also impact human health, infrastructure and livelihoods such as tourism and fishing.
The plastic free July website provides resources and ideas to help reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work and school.
Here are some things you can do to avoid single-use plastics
- Use your own shopping bag
- Replace plastic food wrap with resuable containers or beeswax wraps.
- Pack school or work sandwiches in greaseproof paper or a lunchbox
- Use a refillable water bottle
- Get yourself a reusable coffee cup
- Look for paper, wooden or metal straws instead of plastic ones
- Take your own mesh fruit and vegie bags when buying
- Buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than those packaged on polystyrene trays
- Swap liquid soap for bar soap.