Plastic Free July

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A pristine image of the beautiful moss and lichen cover boulders in Bundanoon Creek. Help to make the Wingecarribee Plastic Free by reducing your use of single use plastics during the month of July or even longer term.  Protect our beautiful rivers, creeks and pristine environments by taking action.  When you take action to reduce the use of single use plastics you are making a diiference, not only to reduce waste, but also to reduce the impact that plastics are having on climate change and our environment.

The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use for just a few minutes are made with materials that are designed to last forever. Every bit of plastic ever made still exists, and in the first 10 years of this century the world economy produced more plastic than the entire 1900's!

Plastic Free July is all about taking some positive action, whether you choose to refuse a handful of plastic items for a single day, a month or you commit to more permanent actions. Any actions will make a difference!

We would like to hear about what actions you already do, or may choose to take, to reduce your use of plastics that get used just once and then thrown away. These are known as “single use plastics”.

GET INVOLVED!

Use the Plastic Free Business Map to mark the location of a local business that is taking positive action to reduce the use of "single use plastic". To recognise businesses that support this initiative Council is developing an icon that can be displayed on the business premises and also in their online media.

Make a Plastic Free Pledge to reduce or avoid single use plastics. You can choose one of the suggested pledges or make your own. Post your actions using the hashtags #choosetorefuse and #MySouthernHighlands to inspire the community to reduce the use of single use plastics.

Answer the Let Us Know quick questions to help us understand what you’re doing to reduce the use of single use plastics.

Play a Trivia Quiz and test your knowledge of plastics.

Watch the Bag It movie to be inspired by a mans journey of discovery into plastics.

Stay informed by following this project (bottom right column) and sign up to the Plastic Free July Challenge (external page) to take action and reduce the use of single use plastics.

Further information can be found on the Council's corporate site Plastic Free Wingecarribee.

The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use for just a few minutes are made with materials that are designed to last forever. Every bit of plastic ever made still exists, and in the first 10 years of this century the world economy produced more plastic than the entire 1900's!

Plastic Free July is all about taking some positive action, whether you choose to refuse a handful of plastic items for a single day, a month or you commit to more permanent actions. Any actions will make a difference!

We would like to hear about what actions you already do, or may choose to take, to reduce your use of plastics that get used just once and then thrown away. These are known as “single use plastics”.

GET INVOLVED!

Use the Plastic Free Business Map to mark the location of a local business that is taking positive action to reduce the use of "single use plastic". To recognise businesses that support this initiative Council is developing an icon that can be displayed on the business premises and also in their online media.

Make a Plastic Free Pledge to reduce or avoid single use plastics. You can choose one of the suggested pledges or make your own. Post your actions using the hashtags #choosetorefuse and #MySouthernHighlands to inspire the community to reduce the use of single use plastics.

Answer the Let Us Know quick questions to help us understand what you’re doing to reduce the use of single use plastics.

Play a Trivia Quiz and test your knowledge of plastics.

Watch the Bag It movie to be inspired by a mans journey of discovery into plastics.

Stay informed by following this project (bottom right column) and sign up to the Plastic Free July Challenge (external page) to take action and reduce the use of single use plastics.

Further information can be found on the Council's corporate site Plastic Free Wingecarribee.

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    Plastic Free Pledge

    5 months ago

    Please make your plastic free pledge by clicking the 'view all ideas' button below, then add your pledge.  This will help to inspire others in the community to reduce the use of single use plastics.  

    Here are some pledge ideas or you can think of your own. 

    • I pledge to take reusable cutlery when buying takeaway food
    • I pledge to always take a reusable bag to the shops
    • I pledge to purchase a reusable water bottle
    • I pledge to purchase fruit and vege that are not pre-packed, to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to pick up plastic litter when I see it on the street
    • I pledge to take my reusable coffee cup when getting a takeaway coffee
    • I pledge to use bee's wax wraps for wrapping and covering food
    • I pledge to purchase and use a reusable straw
    • I pledge to not line my bin with plastic bags, but use newspaper or wash the bin out regularly
    • I pledge to not buy products that contain microbead plastics
    • I pledge to switch to bar soap instead of liquid soap to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to give up bottled water, to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to make lunches that are free from plastic, to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to shop at local farmers markets and take by own bags to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to buy milk using returnable glass bottles to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to buy dry foods in bulk and use my own containers when I can, to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to buy plastic free chewing gum
    • I pledge to make my own cleaning products to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to use washing powder in cardboard boxes to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to try making my own yoghurt at home to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to make my own energy bars and snacks to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to try making my own skincare products to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to grow my own herbs and leafy greens, to avoid plastic packaging - this can be done in pots if space is an issue
    • I pledge to buy refills for cleaning products, to reduce plastic packaging
    • I pledge to swap my plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one, to reduce my plastic use
    • I pledge to donate plastic toys in good condition to the local opshop, daycare, kindergarten or toy library
    • I pledge to recycle my old mobile phones instead of binning them
    • I pledge to use refillable lighters or matches instead


    You can like other peoples pledges by clicking on the.

    You can add photos related to your pledge and provide updates on how you are going in achieving your pledge.  To update your pledge, click on your pledge and click the  .  Choose 'edit idea' and you can add your update.

    You can also share your pledge on social media by clicking one of the social media icons.  Remember to use the hashtags #choosetorefuse and #MySouthernHighlands.

    Happy pledging.

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