Join us and 'Choose to Refuse' single-use plastic this July

June 28, 2018

Plastic Free July

Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s the mission of Plastic Free July – to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide.

Reducing our dependence on plastic can start with simply becoming more aware of the plastic we use every day. Part of this involves supporting behaviour change and helping others habitually #choosetorefuse shopping bags, straws, takeaway containers and coffee cups – just to name a few.

Here are the 5 simple ways that the wonderful people behind the campaign have suggested so you can get started with the #choosetorefuse challenge this Plastic Free July:

Step 1: Sign up to be counted and you’ll be email you tips and recipes throughout July.

Step 2: Take the Pesky Plastics Quiz to help you track down where your plastics come from.

Step 3: Choose what you will do:

  • avoid the plastics that seem to fill your recycling bin;
  • target the takeaway items that could end up in the ocean;
  • go completely plastic free (finding alternatives to everything) for a day, week, month or more.

Check out our Action Picker for more Plastic Free July ideas

Step 4: Explore the Toolbox Tab and spread the word through:

  • chatting with and challenging friends;
  • running a plastic free morning tea;
  • posting your successes on social media;
  • posting the challenge the old fashion way (with posters about town);
  • asking your local café or shop to seek alternatives;
  • pressing for policy change on container deposits, packaging standards, bag bans or action to outlaw microbeads.

Step 5: Share your challenge and progress on social media, tag @PlasticFreeJuly and use the #PlasticFreeJuly and #ChooseToRefuse hashtags.

At Sustainability Trust we passionately believe in this campaign, and the importance of the mission to reduce our dependence on plastic. To help you get started, we've created two plastic-free Goodybags: our Winter Wellbeing Goodybag, and our Clean Castle Goodybag

These are a great way to kickstart your Plastic Free July, as they include some EcoShop faves like our EcoTanka (say no to plastic bottles!), Ethique shampoo bars and Boomerang Bags, all perfect for helping you break your plastic habit. The Goodybags are only available until the end of July, and save you over 10% on the price of the products individually, so don't hang around!

Sounds good, right? It’s about to get better… we’ll be giving away one of each Goodybag, FREE to a lucky winner. We’ll be announcing the giveaway on our Facebook page so be sure to like and follow us so you don't miss out!

If you can’t wait that long, or want to get your plastic-free July going already (good on you!), you can buy from our EcoShop here, or instore at our EcoCentre on Forresters Lane.





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