"It was started by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz (the founder of the Plastic Free Foundation) and a small team in local government in Western Australia, and is now one of the most influential environmental campaigns in the world. Millions of people across the globe take part every year, with many committing to reducing plastic pollution far beyond the month of July." - excerpt from Plastic Free July website
We would like to play tribute to Rebecca and her team for their amazing hard work and persistence. We are very proud that they are one of our 53 allies in the Boomerang Alliance.
There are many ways to take part in Plastic Free July, with your family, household, workplace, school or faith group. If it is your first time doing PFJ you might try to cut out the top littered single-use plastic items (bad SUPs): plastic bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups or if you are really up for a challenge go further and try to avoid plastic in your shopping trolley, wrapping groceries and bathroom products.
So much has changed since PFJ started!
We are now looking at most states and territories having phased out the top bad SUPs in the next two years and more progress by the 2025 national deadline for all packaging to be re-usable, compostable or recyclable. When these changes are implemented we will be taking big strides towards a circular economy – where re-use and refilling becomes the norm and materials stay in circulation and out of landfill. Keep up the conversation with your friends, families and MP’s about the importance of zero waste.
Find out more about the National and State/Territory Plastic Plans:
- The National Plastic Plan
- NSW Plastics Action Plan – brand new!
- ACT Single-Use Plastic and Plastics Reduction Act
- Queensland Tackling Plastic Waste – plastic pollution reduction plan
- Queensland Single-Use Plastic Items ban
- South Australia – Replace the Waste
- Western Australia – Plan for Plastics
- Victoria – Problematic Single-use Plastics Ban by Feb 2023
- Tasmania – Hobart only so far, effective 1/7/21
- Northern Territory – Darwin only – Plastic Wise policy