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Take the challenge: Go plastic free this July

12 Jun 2019

Council encourages community members to give the Plastic Free July challenge a go, and help keep plastic out of landfills and waterways.

Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Bill Bennett said Australia was one of 170 countries taking part in the annual event.

“The organisers of the event offer a great resource list to help us achieve the July goal, from ways to shop for and store food without plastic to how to a live a fully plastic-free life,” Cr Bennett said.

“A great way to start is for all individuals, schools, families, businesses and organisations to say no to single use plastics during July.

“Plastic Free July is such an eye opener to just how much single use plastic we use. Saying no to these products makes us mindful of what we consume and how easily we accept these plastics without thought.”

Here are useful tips to get you started:

  • Reuse bread bags as sandwich bags
  • Store your food in multi-use bowls rather than using cling wrap
  • Buy laundry detergent in a box and milk in cartons
  • Reuse the plastic bags provided for fruit and vegies the next time you go to buy more
  • Use a shampoo soap or natural soap instead of buying shampoo, body wash or liquid soap
  • Make your own pasta or buy in bulk rather than buying packet pasta
  • Look out for a wooden toothbrush or hairbrush
  • Line your bin with several layers of newspaper rather than using plastic bin liners
  • Take a reusable cup or ask for your coffee without the lid

For more useful tips and resources, visit www.plasticfreejuly.org/resources

To register to take the July challenge, visit www.plasticfreejuly.org

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