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What you can do

Want some tips to find out how you can reduce plastic waste? The good news is, anyone can get involved. You can start out small, or really challenge yourself! Get inspired using the menu options below.

Elderly couple walking dog
single-use takeaway coffee cup with plastic lid

Takeaway coffee cups

Bring a reusable coffee cup or dine-in at your local café.

Reusable mensural pad and cup

Sanitary items

Alternatives to tampons and pads for a plastic-free period.

Toothpaste and bamboo toothbrushes in a cup.

Dental care

Plastic-free toothbrushes, toothpaste and more.

Party decorations and gifts in wrapping paper

Balloons & decorations

Celebrate in style with plastic-free decorations.

Reusable razor and bar of soap


Choose to refuse single-use plastic bathroom products.

Bar of soap


Swap liquid soap for bar soaps and avoid single-use plastic.

Thought bubble with the plastic free July turtle icon

Buy less

Avoiding disposable products and packaging has a huge impact.

Pasta, grains and nuts stored in glass jars

Bulk food shopping

Avoiding pre-packaged foods by choosing bulk or loose food.

Since participating in Plastic Free July I am constantly thinking of ways to reduce my plastic packaging. I have used my own reusable shopping bags for years, but now I take my own containers to buy meat and cheese and I try to purchase in bulk.

Wilma, Australia

What others do

How Cumberland City Council gave a second life to landfill waste

Lucie and her husband with reusable cup and plate at local farmers market

How Lucie said ‘goodbye’ to the top four single-use plastics

Parents and staff with students in the school canteen holding reusable items like paper straws and bamboo spoons

Liz takes the Plastic Free July challenge ‘school-wide’

Glass of lemonade, bunch of straws and a plastic juice bottle

To find plastic free ideas, take the Plastic Free July challenge

Reusable carry bag, keep cups and bamboo cutlery
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