1 Million Women get involved with Plastic Free July

1 Million Women are taking part in the Plastic Free July challenge!

The Challenge

The challenge is quite simple. Attempt to consume no single-use plastic during July.
“Single-use” includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging…basically anything that’s intended only to be used once and then sent to landfill. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles &coffee cup lids).

The rules

  1. Attempt to consume no single-use plastic during July.
  2. Remember it’s not going to be easy! It is a challenge, not a competition so don’t worry about being perfect.
  3. Collect any unavoidable single-use plastic you buy. Keep in a dilemma bag and share it with us at the end of the challenge.
  4. It’s up to you regarding how long you participate. You might decide to go plastic-free for a day, a week, a month or longer! However long you choose will still make a contribution.
Why you should participate
  • Australians send 1 million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill each year. Do your part to make a change.
  • Why use something for a few seconds that is going to spend the rest of your life trying to break down in landfill? We really need to change our habits.

Check out the plastic free living guide by clicking here.

Here are our tips for getting involved in plastic free living–

Holly’s tip: check our weekly DIY posts and find out how to make your own natural cleaning products to aviod plastic packaing.

Felicity’s tip: Avoid packaging from takeaway food by bringing lunch from home.

Sarah’s tip: Leave green bags by the door or in the car so you will always remember to use them.

Tara’s tip: Instead of buying plastic containers make the switch to glass.

Nat’s tip: Avoid buying over-packaged 2-for-1 specials and individually wrapped grocery items.

Share all your plastic free living tips in the comments below!

Register for the challenge by clicking the image below.

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Don’t forget to check out our website! We are daughters, mothers, sisters and grandmothers getting on with practical climate action to live better for us and the planet. Join the movement at www.1millionwomen.com.au

One response to “1 Million Women get involved with Plastic Free July

  1. I rarely use or have plastic bags. For many ,many years I have used cotton bags ,knitted or sewn from fabric as well as well as the green bags from the supermarket. I use only glass in the microwave, Glass bottles for homemade sauce jars for homemade jams . I bake my own bread and shop in the bulk Healthfood Shop so use brown paper bags where possible. I do have some garbage bags but as we do not have a bin service only use one every 4 weeks or so. I give the chooks the leftovers and compost mostly everything else. Anything the chooks can’t have goes in the bottom of the freezer in a container and gets taken to the tip . The container gets re-used over and over again. I’m not sure if there is much else I can do but I like to think I’m doing my bit !

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