Plastic Free July Case Studies
How Amanda and Jeannie set up shop at Wasteless Pantry, Mundaring
Finding it hard to track down plastic free and sustainable products, two Plastic Free July participants decided to set up their own Zero waste store in the Perth Hills. Wasteless Pantry now offers bulk groceries, pantry and laundry goods in an environmentally friendly way that reduces packaging and minimises food miles. Read more here.
How Rachel's workplace saved 70,000 plastic cups annually!
Rachel and fellow staff from Bentley Mental Health Service were concerned about the hospital’s use of single-use plastics. After a little research, a few simple substitutions were made, replacing single-use plastics with reusables. Rachel’s pledge has seen Bentley Health Service avoid using 70,000 plastic cups annually. Read more here.
How the Vic Park Collective changed our takeaway coffee culture
Vic Park local and café manager, Flavia Pardini, wanted to make the suburb’s growing café strip more sustainable. Discovering the Bring one, get one tree initiative by Plastic Free July she engaged with the volunteer run Vic Park Collective to run it in local cafes. The project resulted in locals bringing a total of 2,900 reusable cups to purchase takeaway coffees with the same number of native seedlings planted. Read more here.
How the Cocos Islands are tackling plastic waste
Beaches on the remote Cocos Islands receive high levels of plastic waste washing in from the ocean. A small but committed group of local residents and organisations are concerned about the impacts of plastic waste to deal with this challenging issue. They have created a range of initiatives including beach cleanups, community art projects, removed plastic straws and encouraged reusables. Read more here.
How a Plastic Free July morning tea got workmates talking
In 2016 UWA Oceans Institute artist in residence Angela Rossen decided with a colleague they needed a morning tea. They’d heard of Plastic Free July and decided it was a good excuse to get everyone together and have a bit of fun. Everyone contributed something - cakes, baked goods and dips which were not packaged in plastic which started conversations about disposable plastic. Read more here.
How a community garden in Greenbushes helped a small town reduce plastic
Greenbushes Community Garden co-ordinator Tracy Lansdell has been concerned about plastic waste for many years and wanted to share the Plastic Free July challenge in her community. She organised a Plastic Free morning tea in the community garden to raise awareness of the problems with single-use plastic and educate people about alternatives. This was just the start of many conversations and initiatives in the town. Read the full story.
School stories: Presbyterian Ladies College, Western Australia
Senior school students from Perth’s Presbyterian Ladies College participated in an Earth Carers course to learn about waste. They started by auditing rubbish bins at the canteen and then visited their local waste processing facility. The students learnt to make their own toothpaste, deodorant and beeswax sandwich wraps. The school encourages students to bring their own reusable bottles and provides water fountains around the grounds to refill bottles. More school stories here>>
Group stories: Transition Town Guildford
Transition Town Guilford are ongoing Plastic Free July participants and share it in creative ways. A long table plastic free lunch in 2016 brought the community together with several short talks. Peter wrote an interesting blog about the impact of the challenge – increased awareness, less in the recycling bin and some less expected consequences: learning new recipes, needing to plan more, and connecting with community by going to the local farmers market. The group held a public screening of the documentary Bag It and challenged the public to participate. This included a demonstration of how to make reusable produce bags from recycled material.
Council Stories: City of Subiaco
Participating staff encouraged their colleagues to signup by giving each participant a reusable coffee cup. Their weekly ‘Coffee Wars' initiative saw a staff member taking reusable cups to a local cafe, the coffees were ‘blind tasted’ and each cafe was rated. Emma said It has been really fun seeing the barista and customers response when you rock up with a collection of coloured cups. There is at least one cafe that has given us a cup discount too! The Council's CEO has now given each staff member a branded reusable cup. Parks staff now incorporate cleanups in their education programs with schools and community groups and participants are often amazed at how much litter, especially plastics, are collected from local parks which at first sight appear clean.