Monday, 2 July 2012

A Plastic Free Month -The Challange

Well I have no doubt this is going to be a challange.  I have signed up for Plastic Free July.
The challange is to attempt to buy no single use disposable plastic in July.

This is an initiative of Earth Carers a group in Western Australia.

The Rules

  • Between 1 – 31 July, attempt to buy no plastic packaging that cannot be recycled.
  • Remember its not going to be easy, but  its a challenge, not a competition so don't worry about being perfect.
  • Collect any plastic packaging you do buy. Keep it in a ‘dilemma bag’ and share a photograph at the end of the challenge. 
For a while now I have been trying to cut back on the plastic entering our house that is not able to be recycled.  I have an arrangement with our butcher that I can take in my own containers and he will tare off their weight and fill them with what I need.
I have long given up plastic bags at the green grocer and instead use some old onion bags that I collected.  They weigh nothing and can be used over and over again.

I think that it is going to be a hard month and I am not optimistic about my "dilemma bag"  being empty at the end of the month.
I will be reporting back weekly about my efforts, struggles and the "dilemma bag".

If you have any suggestions about being plastic free please let me know.


  1. Good luck with this challenge Fiona. I also use newspaper in triple layers to line our bins instead of plastic liners, it works really well.

  2. Good luck with the challenge! I will be interested to see how you go and am sure you will teach us all a thing or two about plastic recyclables. Sam xox

  3. Ooooh! This challenge interests me! I'll check out the link. Good luck and I look forward to hearing how you go.

  4. Thanks for taking on the challenge Fiona and good luck from the Plastic Free July Crew


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