What is Plastic Free July??
Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.
Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?
Find out more on the Plastic Free July website.
Avoid bottled water and feel good knowing that you’re saving money, reducing your personal health risks and reducing resource waste in your community. In 2009-10 approximately 582.9 million litres of bottled water was consumed (IBISWorld Bottled Water Manufacturing in Australia, January 2010).
Australians spend more than half a billion dollars a year on bottled water. While bottled water has become a lucrative business for a few multi-nationals, it has created another hit on the environment and hip pocket for most.
The average Australian consumes up to 200kg kilograms of resources in packaging each year.
This is almost double the amount of many European nations. Along with this consumption comes the generation of huge amounts of waste - so it's not surprising that Australia is one of the worst waste generators in the developed world.
Reducing the amount of packaging we purchase can help to significantly reduce our use of natural resources (including water and energy) and minimise the amount of waste going into landfill.
Nude Food is food without excess packaging. This reduces the amount of 'stuff' that needs to go in bins to be sent to landfill.
Durable, reusable containers are a great way to bring food, as they may last from pre-school through to high school and beyond, providing long term cost savings and environmental benefits.
Find out more www.wow.sa.gov.au/nude-food.html
It is estimated we use 1 billion disposable coffee cups every year. That's approximately 2,700,000 paper coffee cups thrown out every day! Takeaway cardboard coffee cups are lined with plastic, and second only to plastic bottles in contributing to Australian litter.
Here are some great tips from Clean Up Australia about what you can do:
a. Invest in a reusable cup.
b. Find a reasonable cafe's where you can bring your own cup.
c. Swap and Go, Green Caffeen is a FREE reusable cup system.
d. Recycle right.
e. Go topless, refuse the lid.
f. Take a seat, sit down take some time out and enjoy your coffee.
For more information go to www.cleanup.org.au/single-use-coffee-cups