Plastic-free July is a fun challenge that gets people thinking about the amount of plastic packaging in our lives and helps find ways to reduce and refuse these items.
Australians use around 100kg of plastic packing per household each year these plastic don’t break up or break down in the environment. They are mostly unable to be recycled back into the product they were originally (down-cycled). They end up in landfill or worse escape or are littered and pollute our streets, waterways and oceans.
You will be joining millions of people from around the world in making a difference.
What can you do
Take up the challenge and choose to avoid, Refuse or Replace as much single-use plastic as you can during July. Go to the Plastic Free July site and sign up to the challenge.
Out and About
- Take a reusable coffee cup with you -Drop by the Merrylands Council chambers and visit the coffee cart to purchase your own reusable coffee cup and get a discount on the purchase of coffee when you use your reusable cup.
Use a reusable drink bottle – Sydney’s water is from natural sources. It’s filtered to the high standards set by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. This ensures it’s safe to drink straight from the tap.
- Straws – refuse to use a straw when eating out or buy a reusable one (either bamboo or metal)
- Take your own reusable cloth bags when you shop – keep a few in your car or one in your handbag so you always have one ready to go.
- Need fruit and vegetables? Skip the plastic bag and pre-packaged fruit and veg
- Avoid beauty products with microbeads
- Opt for products in cardboard packaging or glass. Or go the product with the least packaging
- Bin liners – see how to use newspapers to line your bin.
- Try not using a liner at all and for any food or wet scraps have a sealed container and freeze until bin day.
- Alternatively get a compost or worm farm – Cumberland Council now gives rebates for the purchase of a compost bin or worm farm up to the value of $50.
Cleaning products – make your own
There is really no need to purchase ‘wonder’ pre-packaged cleaning products. Try making your own with products you can buy in bulk, and usually in cardboard. You've probably got all the ingredients in your cupboard.
Bleach may seem like an excellent cleaner of fungi and mould in the bathroom, however, vinegar is actually a better mould killer in many cases. Also about a third of household bathroom cleaners sold in Australia feature bleach as an active ingredient. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much to get rid of soap scum.
Want more tips and tricks to going plastic-free – head over to the Plastic Free July website, and sign up for the challenge.