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Plastic Free July is part of a strong push across Australia to reduce our use of plastics. It started as a grassroots movement in Western Australia in 2011 and has grown into a global phenomenon.
Each July millions of people give up single use plastic during the month of July. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of single-use disposable plastic items in our daily lives and challenges people to “choose to refuse”.
“Virtually every piece of plastic ever manufactured still exists in some form today,” says Executive Director and Founder of the Plastic Free July Foundation, Rebecca Prince Ruiz.
You don't have to ban all plastics all at once; start with giving up plastic straws and single-use plastic bags, then you can add a few extras once you’re comfortable. Here are a few ideas: