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Take the challenge: Go plastic free this July

21 Jun 2018

Council encourages community members to give the Plastic Free July challenge a go, and help keep plastic out of landfills and waterways.

Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Andrew Davenport said Australia was one of 159 countries taking part in the annual event.

“Much of the plastic waste causing damage to the environment and wildlife is single use plastic, such as bags, bottles, cling wrap, straws and coffee cups. Scientists predict there will be more plastic waste by weight than fish in oceans and waterways by 2050,” Cr Davenport said.

Council is inviting all Whitehorse individuals, schools, families, businesses and organisations to take part in Plastic Free July and say no to single use plastic for the month.

“Plastic Free July is such an eye opener to just how much single use plastic we use. Saying no to these products makes us mindful of what we consume and how easily we accept these plastics without thought,” Cr Davenport said.

The challenge is a great way for people to be creative and come up with new ways to reuse existing plastic products or find alternatives to plastic.

Here are useful tips to get you started:

  • Reuse bread bags as sandwich bags
  • Store your food in multi-use bowls rather than using cling wrap
  • Buy laundry detergent in a box and milk in cartons
  • Reuse the plastic bags provided for fruit and vegies the next time you go to buy more
  • Use a shampoo soap or natural soap instead of buying shampoo, body wash or liquid soap
  • Make your own pasta or buy in bulk rather than buying packet pasta
  • Look out for a wooden toothbrush or hairbrush
  • Line your bin with several layers of newspaper rather than using plastic bin liners
  • Take a reusable cup or ask for your coffee without the lid

If you are interested in taking part in Plastic Free July, visit www.plasticfreejuly.org and register to take the challenge for a few days, a week, or the full month of July.

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