Plastic Free July

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Plastic Free July

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? 

How do I take part?

By making small changes you will collectively make a massive difference to our communities.

You can choose to refuse single-use plastics in July, and beyond!. Take the challenge (external link)

Simple swaps

Here's some ideas for simple swaps around the home(external link)

We encourage you to think about what you buy and how to make easy, affordable exchanges.

Get your reusable coffee cup and water bottle back out of the cupboard.

Find out where your nearest bulk bin store is and start shopping packaging free.

On your next grocery shop see if there are any items you buy in plastic that you can swap to buying in glass, cardboard or in a can.

What you can do

Some tips on reducing plastic waste - you can start out small, or really challenge yourself. 
Encourage local business, schools, community groups, friends and family to join you.
Check out the plastic free July website(external link) 

Check out the Zero Waste Shopping Guide in Gisborne / Te Tairawhiti(external link)

Try out the Pesky Plastics Quiz(external link)   

Did you know?

In July 2019... 

257,802 New Zealanders took part in Plastic Free July Aotearoa the challenge to refuse single use plastic.

The government implemented a ban on single use plastic shopping bags

The 2 major supermarket chains in NZ encouraged the use of reusable containers in store

So, what’s left to do?  

During the Covid-19 Level 4 restrictions, 20 million coffee cups did not get consumed and thrown away after being used once. Hooray! However, it also meant an increase in the use of disposable items such as gloves and masks, which were often littered after use, as well as concerns from some about how to serve customers using reusable coffee cups. 

Let’s make Plastic Free July 2020 a time to return to a new normal, reassess how much single use plastic we consume and make some simple swaps.

Try some simple swaps