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What is “Plastic Free July”? + some easy tips to get started


Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. By making small changes together, we can make a tremedous impact that results in cleaner streets, oceans, and communities. In July 2019 alone, an estimated 250 million people across the globe took part in the challenge to say no to single-use plastics for the month of July. You making a small change will collectively make a massive difference.

So how do you get started? You can start out small, or really challenge yourself!

We’ve pulled 10 of our favourite tips from the Plastic Free Foundation below:


  1. Takeaway coffee cups

    Bring a reusable coffee cup or dine-in at your local café.

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  2. Fruit & vegetables

    Find plastic-free alternatives when buying fruit & veggies.

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  3. Plastic straws

    Refuse plastic straws when buying a drink & BYO reusable alternative!

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  4. Plastic water bottles

    BYO reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic ones.

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  5. At the bakery

    Plan ahead & avoid pre-packed bread, rolls & baked goods.

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  6. Meat, fish & deli

    Avoid the plastic trays used for meat, fish and deli items.

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  7. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    The three R’s for a better planet – reduce, reuse, recycle.

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  8. Soap

    Swap liquid soap for bar soaps and avoid single-use plastic.

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  9. Balloons & decorations

    Celebrate in style with plastic-free decorations.

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  10. Bulk food shopping

    Avoiding pre-packaged foods by choosing bulk or loose food.

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  11. Buy less

    Avoiding disposable products and packaging has a huge impact.

Want to do more? View more ideas from Plastic Free Foundation.

Take the challenge, let your participation be known and get weekly emails during July to stay motivated by registering for the challenge.

What is “Plastic Free July”? + some easy tips to get started