A small experiment for the rest of July

An Australian initiative in avoiding single-use plastics: straws, coffee lids, bottles.

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Out of Australia, the Plastic Free July Challenge raises awareness on the use of single-use plastics.  Started in 2011 through the Western Metropolitan Regional Council in Perth, Australia, the initiative hopes to stop the use of single-use plastics throughout the world, or at least bring awareness to people as to how much superfluous plastic we use on a daily basis, as part of a campaign to teach the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.  In 2012, the initiative was expanded throughout Perth and other states in Australia.  In 2013, the challenge had reached a global awareness and is now presented globally.  There are events held throughout the month in Western Australia but if you check out their website you are presented with a “toolbox” of tips on how to go plastic free, mate.

Some of these tips include:

  • Line your garbage cans with newspaper instead of using a plastic bag
  • Request no lid for coffee cups (or save a lid and bring it next time)
  • Ask for no plastic straws in your drinks at bars or restaurants
  • Make your own deodorant
  • Make your own cleaning supplies
  • Wrap gifts without tape

Register for the challenge and go plastic free for the rest of July!

Check out their website for more tips and information on Plastic Free July!

Image Source: Plasticfreejuly