Plastic free July Could you help your students get involved in the Plastic Free July #choosetorefuse challenge? I want to invite your school to participate in the challenge. I am here to help and I can to hand out the “Plastic Free July “ passport challenge books (aimed at age 8 - 12) at school assembly or work with a specific school class, you might also try getting involved in some of our workshops. Then come and celebrate with us at the end of July to take a look at what we have achieved this year to reduce our plastic consumption. A 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! 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 Could you help your students get involved in the Plastic Free July #choosetorefuse challenge? You may already know that Plastic Free July had its humble beginnings in 2011, as a local initiative driven by the Western Metropolitan Regional Council in Western Australia. The incredible growth of the campaign has seen the Plastic Free July crew recently become an independent, not-for-profit charitable Foundation! The challenge is now held in over 159 countries and in all states of Australia. Check out http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ I’d love to talk about what this might look like in your school or community- it might be tidier grounds, more responsible students or just that together we can make the world a little more beautiful.