Now Plastic Free July has been and gone, how are we going to say ‘no love to litter’ for the rest of the year?
Fortunately, there are more and more products, businesses and organisations offering fantastic solutions to reduce the amount of plastic we use that ultimately ends up in landfill.
According to recycle.co.nz about 252,000 tonnes of plastic waste is sent to New Zealand landfills each year – that’s massive when you think one bread bag weighs next to nothing.
Even more worrying is that all this plastic takes up about 20 percent of the space in our landfills and could take between 450 years and 1000 years to breakdown depending on what it’s made of. And we all know about nasty leachate and the impact plastic production and disposal is having on climate change (sad emoji).
So, I was pretty stoked to come across a few gems for Plastic Free July that I’m going to stick with in the months to come. These include:
One thing I’m struggling with is bamboo toothbrushes – I’ve recently discovered that the bristles on the brand I use don’t decompose – argh! Has anyone got any suggestions?
So Plastic Free July has opened some new doors to me that will help keep my waste to landfill down throughout the year - I’d love to hear your suggestions and recommendations for saying ‘no love to litter’ year-round. Please share your ideas in the comments below.
Take up the challenge - can you go without plastic for the month of July? Or even for a week or a day?
Plastic Free July is a global movement - join in and see how much you can reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work, school and even at your local cafe.
Check out the ideas and resources on www.plasticfreejuly.org and share your successes on Mahurangi Wastebusters fb page.
And for the first time ever there's going to be a New Zealand wide launch party! It’s a chance to connect up with other people around the country who are taking part in the challenge, learn some new tips and tricks to go plastic free and meet Rebecca Prince Ruis the founder of Plastic Free July. Rebecca started the challenge 10 years ago in Perth Australia with 30 friends taking part. Last year in New Zealand over 250,000 people took part in the challenge.
The virtual launch party will be held on Wednesday 24th June from 7pm- 8.30pm using Zoom. We will also be having an awesome line up of NZ presenters
Get your free ticket here https://events.humanitix.com/plastic-free-july-launch-party
We're devoted to zero waste, and have wonderful local, wastebusters like Trish Allen, who will be sharing tips on reducing waste and keeping you up to date with what is happening at our Lawrie and Rustrybrook Road sites.