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It’s easy to take the challenge: Plastic Free July

22 Jun 2017

Plastic free JulyDid you know Australians use around 100 kilograms of plastic packaging per household each year?

Whitehorse Councillor Bill Bennett said July was the perfect time to focus on changing that statistic by joining the international campaign, Plastic Free July.

“It’s easy to rise to the challenge set down by the campaign and “choose to refuse” single-use plastics this July by signing up for the Plastic Free July challenge at www.plasticfreejuly.org” Cr Bennett said.

“Just remember your reusables! Being plastic free means you always have your trusty reusable water bottles, reusable coffee cups and reusable bags handy.”

Council reminds the Whitehorse community that plastic bottles, bags and take-away containers are often used for just a few minutes before being thrown away and they:

  • Do not break down. They create permanent pollution.
  • End up in waterways and oceans. Scientists predict there will be more tonnes of plastic in the ocean than tonnes of fish by 2050.
  • Transfer to the food chain, so animals and humans can have plastic material in their bodies.
  • Consume six per cent of the world’s fossil fuels for their manufacture.

Council also advise community members to spread the word – grab your friends or co-workers and spread the plastic-free love. The more people that choose to refuse, the greater impact we can make in reducing landfill and saving our oceans.

From hosting a plastic free morning tea to giving your local cafe posters to encourage reusable coffee cups, there are lots materials to share and are all free to use and available at www.plasticfreejuly.org.

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