It’s time to ditch the plastic - Plastic Free July
We’re ‘walking the talk’ and going plastic free for a month, will you join us? Check out some of our top tips and links to help you cut down plastic waste at home and at work.
Choose to refuse
Plastic Free July is a worldwide challenge to choose to refuse single-use plastic for one month to see how much plastic waste can be reduced, creating new waste-reducing habits for the rest of the year.
It’s a personal challenge that’s part of a global effort for our oceans, for cleaner streets and for the planet. It has enabled millions of people to take small, daily actions and create long-lasting habits that minimise single-use plastic.
Let’s get started
There’s so much plastic in our everyday lives, going plastic free can seem a bit daunting at first. But one small change can go a long way – a good way to start is by choosing one single-use plastic to avoid.
It’s also all about noticing your plastic purchases and thinking about better alternatives. The most popular choices are switching from plastic wrapped to loose produce, and choosing to refuse straws and plastic water bottles.
Tackle the big four
A great place to start is with the Big Four: plastic bags, water bottles, coffee cups and straws. Make it part of your daily routine to pack a reusable bag, a reusable water bottle, a reusable straw, and a reusable coffee cup on any day where there's a chance you'll buy something or need a coffee.
Bring your own
Create your own resuables kit. This will make it easier to remember to bring your own reusable bags, coffee cups and containers, which will in turn make it easier for you to choose to refuse single-use plastic bags, plastic take-away containers and plastic drinking straws.
Takeaway or dine in?
Check with your favourite sushi store, are they happy for you to bring in your own takeaway container? If not, you can choose to dine in instead of takeaway, or go somewhere else? Bringing in your own reusable container is a great alternative to coffee cups, sushi containers and water bottles, which are just some of the items that fill up workplace rubbish bins.
Find a buddy
If you take the Plastic Free July challenge with a friend, your school, or the organization you work for, not only will you have fun, you will also enjoy and benefit from the support of other like-minded people.
Look in your rubbish bin
Sounds a bit icky, but looking at what’s in your trash will give you a good idea of what plastics you’re using most. Maybe it’s just a matter of changing brands to something that’s not wrapped in plastic, or shopping in stores that have plastic-free products.
Place reminders in easy to see areas
It’s one thing having all of these reusable, single use plastic free alternatives on hand, but it’s another thing to actually remember to bring them with you!
Here are some tips to help you remember to take your reusable items with you when you leave the house:
- Create a phone wallpaper with a reminder on it
- Keep your reusables by the door so it’s the last thing you see, or put them in the car ready for the next trip
- Leave a note on your car’s sun visor, so you’re reminded as soon as you pull it down; or
- Put a post-it note by your keys reminding you to bring your reusables.
Let’s go shopping
Getting your groceries from local stores can be a great way to go plastic free. Is there a bulk food store near you, or perhaps a fresh fruit and veggie store, bakery or deli?
If there isn’t and you get your groceries from a supermarket, use your reusable produce bags for fresh produce, ask the person at the deli if they will accept reusable containers and choose products packaged in glass, cardboard and tin, which can be recycled or reused.