In this section we share stories about how people undertook the Plastic Free July challenge. For in-depth stories on how people shared the challenge into organisations, schools and wider community please visit our Detailed Case Studies page.
How Lucie said goodbye to the Top 4 plastics
Lucie could always tell it was recycling collection day as her bin was full to the brim! That was until she heard about Plastic Free July, she took the challenge and with the tips she learnt was able to reduce her recycling by half! She started by simply saying no to the top four single-use plastics: plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and plastic straws. The results were immediate and after achieving noticeable results the word started to spread with her family and friends taking part too. Read the full story here.
Sharon's family make their own and avoid the pesky plastic
Sharon had always tried to make the right choices when shopping for her family. However after each week she noticed her recycling bin filling up with plastic packaging. After hearing about the low recycling rates and environmental pollution problems with plastics, Sharon was really keen to find an alternative and felt she owed it to her children. Friends had told her about Plastic Free July two years ago and she decided now was the time for her family to take action. Read the full story here.
Individual stories: Amy Cooke, Western Australia
Fifteen year old Amy Cooke was concerned about the number of small plastic bags that people used each day to but their fruit and vegetables. She started making her own and was then asked to present a community workshop teaching people how to make reusable produce bags from recycled net curtains. Amy buys the curtains from op shops and sews them into produce bags which she then sells, the proceeds going to her local community garden. She says I know how important it is to look after our natural environment...in our home, instead of plastic, we use my RE-Bag-it cloth bags for our fruit and vegetables.