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Take part in Plastic Free July and choose to refuse

Take part in Plastic Free July and choose to refuse

One of our favourite months has rolled around again - it’s Plastic Free July! Like many people who take on the challenge of living with less reliance on plastic products, we find it a bit of a struggle. Which is awakening!

It’s not just for hardcore eco warriors who take part in the Plastic Free July challenge – a massive 326 million people worldwide took part in 2020. That’s nearly a million more than the previous year – and in the face of a global pandemic. Outstanding!

The campaign urges us to see that we each have a role to play in being part of the solution. Plastic Free July encourages individuals and businesses to change their behavior in favour of avoiding single-use plastics and reducing plastic waste. No matter who you are or where you live, you’re empowered to make a difference, share ideas and inspire a global change. It’s not too late to sign up to take challenge here: plasticfreejuly.org

The first July campaign ran in 2011 as a local initiative in Western Australia and has rapidly grown into a global movement to reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfill and polluting our oceans. Today, Plastic Free July is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation.

If you’re not sure what plastics you can change, the Plastic Free July team have created a ‘Pesky Plastics Quiz’, which takes less than 5 minutes and will help you identify where plastics are sneaking into your shopping and everyday life. 

The good news is that the challenge is not about drastic lifestyle change. It is just about being more conscious of the single-use plastics that you use day-to-day and taking small steps to refuse them. There is no failing with Plastic Free July; anything you choose to refuse is a win!

For tips on how you can reduce plastic waste visit: plasticfreejuly.org/get-involved/what-you-can-do/category/getting-started/

Simple steps to be part of Plastic Free July:

  1. Notice the plastics in your life. Start by looking in your fridge, cupboards, and bins. You can also take the Pesky Plastics Quiz.
  2. Decide on one or two items to change and start with them.
  3. Sign up to the challenge at plasticfreejuly.org
  4. Share your resolve and encourage your family, school, community and friends to sign up too.
  5. Receive support via the Plastic Free July newsletters and social media communications.
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