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SEI NEWS: Join SEI in Plastic Free July

It is Plastic Free July time again, and in the spirit of leading by example, SEI is doing the Plastic Free July Challenge.

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This year, the whole office is participating in the Plastic Free July challenge, in the hope that it will raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and its impact on the planet, our oceans and health.

The challenge is an initiative started by the Earth Carers Waste Education team at the Perth Western Metropolitan Regional Council in 2011, which set out to educate the public on the multitude of plastic related problems, from human health to environmental degradation. Since 2011 the challenge has been taken on by individuals around the world, with more than one million people worldwide taking part in the challenge in 2016.

The challenge has three options:

  • Avoid single-use plastic packaging
  • Target takeaway items (the top 4: bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups)
  • Go completely plastic-free

In our office, some have chosen to avoid both single-use plastic packaging and takeaway items or to go completely plastic-free.

We will be posting updates throughout the challenge to draw attention to what the most difficult items have been to give up, and how we are progressing, as well as sharing our plastic-free tips.

If you would like to join us in our plastic-free adventures, please register for the challenge here.

Here are some resources to help you prepare for the challenge:

  • Take the Plastic Free July ‘Pesky Plastics’ Quiz
  • Reduce plastic pollution by Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
  • One Million Women have compiled a list of things you can change to ensure that sneaky plastics don’t creep into your challenge.

Ideally, we need to be diligent in cutting plastic out of our day to day lives and purchase alternative products that are reusable and designed for long-term use. Obviously, the anti-plastic stance isn’t possible for everyone, but it is important to recognize that in general, we should aim to consume less plastic and apply the overall message of Plastic Free July to our day to day lives.

Don’t forget to register!