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It’s Plastic Free July! But What Does That Mean?

Updated: Aug 1

Plastic Free July is a relatively new campaign set up by the Plastic Free Foundation. The campaign challenges us to reduce the amount of single-use plastics we use and throw away every day. Many of us are using these single-use plastics without even thinking about it, this campaign aims to bring awareness to this fact and challenge you to change it.


When you take part in this challenge, you’ll be suggested alternatives and realise how easy it can be to continue this change beyond the month. They provide several resources for whatever your situation. For instance, if you’re an employee, own a business, are in education or if you’re out shopping.


“Plastic Free July participants: reduce their household waste and recycling by 23kg per person per year (almost 5%), contribute to a total saving of 825 million kg of plastic waste each year, 9 out of 10 people made changes that have become habits/ a way of life”

The great part about this challenge is there’s no pressure to go 100% plastic-free. Let’s face it, that’s pretty difficult in this day and age. However, if you reduce the amount of plastic, you’re using from a handful of items here and there, you’re contributing to a bigger impact.

You don’t even have to commit to doing the whole month! This challenge is made to be flexible, join at any point in the month or even the year. It’s never too late to make a difference. 

The challenge is free to take part in and by registering you’ll benefit from receiving motivating emails when you need it most. As well as being told of the inspiring achievements other participants have made.


“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?”

Convinced to give it a go but unsure where to start? Take a look at their Pesky Plastic’s Quiz. to get ideas. 

Want to know more about which plastic types are single-use, recyclable, or reusable? Have a read of our blog post on the plastic types, where they’re found and how to dispose of them here.

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