Reduce Single Use
Plastic Free July is a fun challenge that gets you thinking about the amount of plastic packaging in your life. Plastic Free July is an initiative of the Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) Earth Carers.
Did you know Western Australians use around 100 kilograms of plastic packaging per household each year? This plastic is used to wrap food, carry shopping, for takeaways, straws and for convenience. All of this plastic will still be around longer than you or I will and most of it is used for a few minutes of convenience.
Buying or accepting single-use plastic is a growing global problem. The effects of the plastic convenience extend to health impacts, pollution on land and aquatic environments, resource depletion and filling up the limited space available in landfills. Marine animals have been found consumed with plastic both from eating it and being caught in society's plastic waste.
Did you know there is something you can do about this?
Each year in July you can commit to taking the challenge to avoid, refuse or replace as much single-use plastic as you can.
You can choose how you wish to be involved.
For plastics you cannot avoid, take note over July and work out if you can make changes in the future.
Keep a tally of the number of times you refused plastic and add them to the survey count in August.
Sign up to the challenge by visiting plasticfreejuly.org