Plastic Free July – what's it all about?

3 July 2020

Last year more than 250,000 New Zealanders participated in Plastic Free July, a global initiative that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution.

A range of plastic-free household items including eco dish brush, metal pegs, soap bar and kitchen cloths.
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While this was a great effort, we’re keen to see more Kiwis – especially Wellingtonians – get involved.

It's not about a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly, it is about everyone making small changes to create one big difference.

This month we’ll be sharing tips and resources on simple changes that can be made around the home and in our everyday lives that the environment will thank us for. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for these, as well as giveaways and colouring-in competitions for the kids.

Check out SortWasteNZ – our new regional waste reduction site, which is full of handy ideas to help you start your plastic free journey.

The Sustainability Trust also helps Wellingtonians live low waste and energy efficient lives by providing a range of services and eco products. The trust provides sustainability advice, healthy home solutions, and education programmes.

The WasteMINZ website has a lot of great tips including ‘how to’ guides for making your own shopping bags and beeswax wraps, as well as ‘simple swaps’ posters that can be put up around the house, school or workplace as a handy reminder about what we can do to reduce our reliance on plastic.

On our Plastic Free July webpage, you'll find out how to get involved in the initiative, what you can do in your community, and discover more useful resources.

And with Wellington City Council set to accept only plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5 in kerbside recycling from Monday 20 July, now is as good a time as any to consider our habits and make some simple and positive changes.

Find more information and resources on the Plastic Free July website.

Green and orange poster challenging people to go plastic free for the month of July.