Plastic Free July is Here! 'Choose to Refuse' single-use plastic in July

Plastic Free July is a global yearly challenge where millions of people give up single-use plastic during the month of July. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of single-use disposable plastic items in our lives and challenges people to do something about it.

The amount of plastic used in our everyday lives might surprise you! A great way to take stock of the amount of plastic currently in use in your household is to go through each section of your house and make a list of things that could be given up or replaced with a more environmentally friendly option. The Plastic Free July website has a whole section dedicated to this so make the most of it! Some of the more challenging sections might include cleaning, shopping, personal care and pet care.

One of the best things about Plastic Free July is that you can pick a challenge that works for you. You might be mostly plastic-free already or maybe this is your very first attempt. There are options to do one day, one week or the whole month of July. You can also opt to remove ALL single-use plastic items from your life or just the big four, which are straws, plastic bottles, plastic bags & coffee cup lids.

If you are interested in learning more about local waste initiatives you can join the Waste Action Group.