Momentum is building all over the world to cut down on single use plastic – so why not start your own revolution in Plastic Free July 2018.
All you have to do is pledge to cut out the use of single use plastic throughout July and hopefully begin a lifelong habit. Some of the most common items include plastic bags, plastic cutlery, takeaway coffee cups, plastic straws and plastic drink bottles. These five items are easily replaced with alternatives like canvas bags, a reusable coffee cup, bamboo or steel cutlery, a steel or reusable drinking bottle and going without a straw.
“We all love the Coffs Coast for its pristine beaches and environment, but globally the oceans are under threat from the tsunami of plastic washing through them from discarded plastic,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, who already uses canvas bags and a reusable coffee cup.
“Making just one tiny change now – like not using single use plastic bags – can help make an enormous difference to our planet in the long term. So please join the millions of people all over the world and hundreds of people right here on the Coffs Coast who are taking action on plastic and start your own revolution in Plastic Free July.”
Plastic is a durable, incredibly long-lasting material, so when it gets thrown away, it begins its journey to our waterways, beaches and oceans where it slowly, very slowly, begins to break down into millions of pieces.
Recent research by Tangaroa Blue, an Australian Marine Debris Initiative, estimates that eight million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean each year, making marine debris a major environmental issue worldwide.
This July, Council is helping people get involved by running a packed programme of events including DIY beeswax wrap workshops, Solitary Islands Coastal Walks, film screenings at the Jetty Memorial Theatre, a plastic free shopping tour, a giant Used Toy Swap, a ‘Repurposing Our Plastics’ Exhibition and more.
Local schools are also being encouraged to get involved. Council has developed a Plastic Free July schools kit available online for all schools, preschools and childcare centres in the Coffs Harbour local government area. Plus there are FREE youth events starting in June with a screening of ‘Blue’ on June 15 at the Keys Youth Hub on West High Street (Old Catholic Club) and a beach clean-up with the National Parks and Wildlife Service on Thursday June 29.
For all the details, head to the Plastic Free July pages on the OurLivingCoast website.