Plastic Free July challenge launches

Plastic Free campaigner Amy Matheson, Town of Bassendean waste officer Ariadne MacLeod and Bassendean Mayor Renee McLennan.
Plastic Free campaigner Amy Matheson, Town of Bassendean waste officer Ariadne MacLeod and Bassendean Mayor Renee McLennan.

COMMUNITIES and businesses are urged to join the Plastic Free July challenge.

Not-for-profit organisation Plastic Free Foundation has been running the challenge in Perth since 2011.

This year’s theme is Your Challenge, Your Way, with the foundation asking people and organisations to choose a challenge that suits their lifestyle, such as switching to a reusable coffee cup for the month or refusing plastic packaging.

Founder Rebecca Prince-Ruiz.

Plastic Free July founder and Fremantle resident Rebecca Prince-Ruiz said people could choose one plastic to avoid during the challenge.

“Everyone can make a difference to reduce plastic pollution by refusing the single-use plastics we encounter every day, stopping the problem at the source,” she said.

“The most popular choices are switching from plastic wrapped to loose produce and refusing straws and plastic water bottles. It’s a personal challenge that’s part of a global effort for our oceans, for cleaner streets and for the planet.”

For more information, visit www.plasticfreejuly.org.