Permaculture Northern Beaches joins the Plastic Free July challenge again this year

The problem...
The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever. 

These plastics:

  • break up, not break down – becoming permanent pollution
  • are mostly downcycled (made into low grade product for just one more use) or sent to landfill
  • ‘escape’ from bins, trucks, events etc. to become ‘accidental litter’
  • end up in waterways and the ocean – where scientists predict there will be more tonnes of plastic than tonnes of fish by 2050
  • transfer to the food chain – carrying pollutants with them
  • increase our eco-footprint – plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels

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!

The solutions:
More than 6 out of 10 of us are already refusing plastic shopping bags, avoiding pre-packed fruit and veg, picking up other people's litter and avoiding buying bottled water. 

Choosing to be part of the solution, you can act by:

  • Avoiding products in plastic packaging (choose alternatives)
  • Reducing where possible (opt for refills, remember your reusable shopping bags)
  • Refusing plastics that escape as litter (e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, balloons)
  • Recycling what cannot be avoided

Are you in for the Plastic Free July #choosetorefuse challenge?  

Join 100,000+ West Australians and a million+ people world-wide stepping up in Plastic Free July in 2017. www.plasticfreejuly.org