AUSTRALIANS take their shopping home in about 4 billion plastic bags every year.
The bags get used for about 12 minutes before taking up to 1000 years to break down.
Along with water bottles, drinking straws, coffee cups and cigarette butts, plastic bags are Australia’s greatest pollution threat.
This is why the Plastic Free July challenge has been created.
It is a simple idea; try to live a month without using any single-use plastic.
Sort of like Dry July, but you are saving the planet, and it is quite a challenge.
Local sustainability group Transition Town Guildford is holding a lunch this Sunday, July 3 to highlight the need to reduce single-use plastic packaging.
Churchill Fellow Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and Wasteless Pantry founder Jeannie Richardson will speak at the lunch, which is also a fundraiser for the group’s activities.
Bring a plate of food to share, doing your best not to use any single-use plastic.
If you cannot, bring the packaging you could not avoid and talk to others about what plastic they had to use. Also bring crockery, cutlery and glassware.
It is $10 for adults, children free; bookings transitiontownguildford.com
–Written by Transition Town Guildford