Plastic Free July

Did you know Australians use around 100 kilograms of plastic packaging per household each year?

Choose to refuse single-use plastics this July by signing up for the Plastic Free July challenge. Say no to plastic shopping bags, takeaway coffee cups, straws and bottles for a day, a week or the entire month.

In refusing single-use plastics, you will be joining a world-wide movement creating lasting change.

How do I get involved?

  • Visit www.plasticfreejuly.org/ to register for the challenge.
  • Remember to bring your reusables. Being plastic-free means you always need your trusty reusable water bottles, reusable coffee cups and reusable bags handy.
  • Spread the word to your friends, neighbours and co-workers. The more people who choose to refuse, the greater impact we can make in reducing landfill and saving our oceans!
  • Support businesses in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale who have joined Plastic Free July.

Plastic Free July is proudly supported by the Borough of Queenscliffe.

Why is plastic a problem?

The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use for just a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever.

These plastics:

  • Break up, not break down – becoming permanent pollution.
  • Are mostly downcycled (made into low grade product for just one more use) or sent to landfill.
  • ‘Escape’ from bins, trucks, events, etc. to become ‘accidental litter’.
  • End up in waterways and the ocean – where scientists predict there will be more tonnes of plastic than tonnes of fish by 2050.
  • Transfer to the food chain – carrying pollutants with them.
  • Increase our eco-footprint – plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels.

Are you in for the Plastic Free July #choosetorefuse challenge?  

Visit www.plasticfreejuly.org/ to register.