You might have heard about Plastic Free July – the little Western Australian initiative has made it pretty big these days! But have you ever taken the challenge? This year, we’re doing it as a team!
The idea for Plastic Free July was developed by the Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) back in 2011. It’s now a global movement with people, schools and organisations from 69 countries around the world taking up the challenge to go plastic free for a month.
While eliminating plastic altogether might seem daunting, the aim of the movement is to simply raise awareness about our exorbitant (and usually rather unnecessary) use of plastic in our every day lives, and find ways to reduce this.
The challenge starts small – it’s just about refusing and reducing single-use plastic for the month. Single-use plastic includes things like plastic bags, straws, drink bottles, fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic, and coffee cups. You’ll be shocked at how many of these items you use once you think about it.
The good news is that it’s relatively simple to find alternatives, it just takes a little more thinking and preparation. For example, buy yourself a reusable coffee cup, get in the habit of taking a reusable water bottle with you, say no to straws, you could even try taking in your own Tupperware to get your takeaway food!
We at The Blue Room Theatre will be taking the challenge. We’ll be putting updates on our journey on our Facebook page so stay tuned!
To accept the challenge, or simply find out more about it, head to Plastic Free July’s website.