Single use plastic – can you resist in July?
Everyday, each of us make a choice—we choose to succumb to the throw-away convenience lifestyle of take-away coffee cups, plastic straws and cutlery, plastic bags and plastic drink bottles, OR, we can choose to take a step back and think consciously about what these ‘convenience’ items really mean for our oceans, beaches, parks and wildlife. Those short-term conveniences are actually a very long-term inconvenience for the future of our planet.
Plastic Free July (PFJ) is a simple campaign designed to get us thinking more about the abundance of single use plastic in our lives.
During July you can sign up for a day, a week or the whole month and try to refuse single-use plastic
This means refusing plastic whenever you are presented with it eg: plastic bags (take your own re-usable bag), plastic straws (just say no thankyou), plastic water bottles (take your own re-usable water bottle) and/or plastic lined coffee cups (use a re-usable cup/mug).
Try to remember to take your re-usable bags/bottles/coffee mugs with you when you go out. Keep some re-usable bags in your car and always keep your re-fillable water bottles handy.
It's up to you regarding how long you participate. However long you choose will still make a contribution.
So..are you ready to take on the challenge?
You can sign up here
Check out the Plastic Free July campaign here
Boomerang Bags is a not-for-profit, community based intitiative that works to reduce the use of single use plastic bags.
It does so in a way that connects and engages with local communities, fosters sustainable behaviour, raises awareness and reduces waste while creating a sense of purpose and community ownership.
Dedicated volunteers, schools and community groups around Australia get together to create thousands of re-useable Boomerang Bags using recycled materials.
More information on Boomerang Bags is available via the link to their website: http://boomerangbags.org/
Shoalhaven City Council’s Waste Services department is supporting the Boomerang Bag initiative by hosting two (2) Boomerang Bag workshops during “Plastic Free July”:
Thursday 7th July at the Nowra School of Arts from 10am to 3pm and
Wednesday 13th July at the Huskisson Community Centre from 10am to 3pm.
Why not drop in between 10am and 3pm on those days and find out what it’s all about, no sewing skills required!
Want to know more? Phone 4429 3127 or email Fiona.Schreurs@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
We look forward to seeing you there!
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