Plastic Free July
Reduce Single Use Plastics
Plastic Free July is a fun challenge that helps you to address how to reduce your plastic use. Plastic Free July originated from an initiative of the Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) Earth Carers and has now evolved to an independent, not for profit charitable foundation.
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, sip drinks and for convenience. The quick decision to accept a single use plastic item will last for hundreds of years.
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.
With all of this plastic still in the environment, and to try and reduce our plastic litter impact, communities and governments around the world are taking action and so can you.
Sign up to the challenge by visiting plasticfreejuly.org
Plastic Bag Ban
What's Your Bag Plan? Retailers are banned from supplying single use plastic bags at point of sale - so don't forget to take reusable bags, baskets or something to carry away your shopping with you. Try carrying a few reusable bags with you in your bag or vehicle. Some stores may provide boxes for you to carry your items home.
And your plan for household rubbish? Many people use their shopping bags to line their kitchen bins. Do not despair. There are many alternatives to this including using bags that your purchases come packaged in, such as bread bags if you haven't gone completely plastic free. Use your imagination and be creative, or follow the link for plastic free alternatives.
Have Your Say
The Western Australian Government is seeking your input on approaches to reduce single-use plastic items. You can provide feedback until Friday 12 July 2019.