Posted on 28 Jul 2020

Since 1907 plastic has been utilised as the preferred material for numerous products for example, bags, straws and water bottles etc. Plastic is a non-renewable and unstainable resource as it is derived from fossil fuels. In addition, plastic is not bio-degradable with only a limited amount being recycled. The majority of our plastic ends up in landfills emitting methane. When plastic is exposed to the elements, such as the sun, the plastic breaks down into microplastics and the presence of these have been found in our oceans, water and air.

Plastic Free July first began in Australia in 2011. For the entire month of July, people all over the world take part in the plastic free challenge. The challenge is based around reducing the amount of plastic we use and encouraging people to live plastic-free.

Here are some easy tips on how to give up on plastic use.

  • Avoid single-use plastic packaging.
  • Use material bags when grocery shopping.
  • Avoid takeaway items like straws, plastic bottled drinks and polystyrene containers.
  • Replace your plastic water bottle with either glass, metal or reusable plastic water bottles.
  • Avoid using cling wrap, ziplock bags and other unrecyclable plastics.
  • Recycle as much plastic as you can.
  • Set up a recycling system at home, teach your family to follow it and place it in your bin in a clear bag for informal recyclers.

ENVASS encourages you to take part in reducing your plastic use and to make a conscious effort to limit your single-use plastic usage at home, school and businesses.