Mindarie Regional Council waste education officer Peg Davies said ‘Plastic Free July’ challenged people to minimise or eliminate buying anything with single-use plastic.
‘It is only when we try not to use plastic do we get an idea of how much it is part of our lives,’ Ms Davies said.
‘Until we get used to a ‘no plastic’ purchase, shopping becomes a highly planned event.
‘We have to take alternative carry bags, fresh produce bags and no quick ‘coffee to go with the lid’.
Ms Davies said people could focus on stopping to use ‘the big four’ ” plastic bags, coffee cup lids, straws and water bottles.
‘Although single use plastic does not form a significant quantity of the waste stream due to its light weight, its inability to break down makes it a huge problem for littering and marine pollution,’ she said.
‘Also the energy and resources going into materials we use and then discard is irresponsible.’
For more information, visit plasticfreejuly.org.