Plastic Free July: A Journey Toward a Sustainable Future

Every year, July brings with it a global movement encouraging individuals and communities to refuse single-use plastics. This initiative, known as Plastic Free July, has grown from a small, local campaign in Australia to an international phenomenon, raising awareness about the impact of plastic pollution and inspiring millions to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.

The Origins of Plastic Free July

Did you know Plastic Free July was founded in 2011 here in Australia? What started as a small initiative with just a few participants has now become a worldwide movement, engaging over people across 190 countries. The aim is simple yet profound: to challenge people to refuse single-use plastics for one month and rethink their relationship with plastic.

The Impact of Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans, causing devastating effects on marine life and ecosystems. Single-use plastics, such as straws, bags, and bottles, are particularly problematic because they are used briefly but can take hundreds of years to decompose.

How You Can Help!

Refuse Single-Use Plastics

Start by identifying the single-use plastics you use daily, such as plastic bags, bottles, straws, and cutlery. Replace them with reusable alternatives like cloth bags, stainless steel water bottles, bamboo straws, and metal or wooden cutlery.

Our Solution - Farmers Market Set, Reusable Cutlery Set

Shop Smart

Choose products with minimal or no plastic packaging, plus products that are good quality - so you only need to buy once. Buy in bulk where possible and support brands that are committed to sustainable practices.

Our Solution - Lunchware & Bar Range the packaging is also compostable 

Educate and Advocate

Share your journey with friends, family, and colleagues. Educate them about the impact of plastic pollution and encourage them to join you in the challenge. Advocacy at the community level can lead to broader changes, such as plastic bans and improved waste management systems.

Our Solution - Educational blogs (just like this one)

DIY Solutions

Make your own cleaning products, cosmetics, and food items to avoid plastic packaging. There are numerous recipes and guides available online that can help you create effective, eco-friendly alternatives.

Our Solution - Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

Proper Disposal

When you do use plastic, ensure it is disposed of correctly. Recycle whenever possible and educate yourself about your local recycling guidelines. Compostable and biodegradable options are also worth exploring.

Our Solution - Kitchen Composting Bins