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/
If you would like to know more about Boomerang Bags in the Shoalhaven please contact Fiona Schreurs at Council on ph 4429 3129 or email Fiona.Schreurs@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
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