Plastic Free July in Action!
Transition Town Guildford
Transition Town Guilford is part of a worldwide movement of people finding ways to live more sustainably. In 2012 several members of the group participated in the Plastic Free July and promoted the challenge in their area. 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.
A public screening of the documentary “Bag It – is your life too plastic?” was held at the local town hall and people were challenged to go a day or a week without using plastic. Group members then demonstrated how people could make their own produce bags from leftovers such as tshirts, pillow cases and fabric scraps. You can read more about this event here.
Central Otago REAP, New Zealand
Anna Robinson from Enviroschools / Sustainable Living Program Facilitator in New Zealand told us about the fantastic Plastic Free Morning Tea they hosted, read her story:
'We hosted a plastic free morning tea for a group of around 30 people who chose to sign up for the Plastic Free Challenge. We ate some yummy food, but more importantly all got a chance to speak on why we were choosing to give the challenge a go. My job is to collate all the information received, and create a resource available for anyone wanting to change habits and work on lessening their reliance on plastics in our community. Anything from making their own soft cheeses, to knowing which shops you can take reusable containers to, and who offers what in terms of strategies to lessen the use of plastics, to ideas for the average person in order to start making a change around home and work. The challenge was a great one, everyone having their own dilemmas but working together as a team, and sharing our dilemmas was a very powerful way to go about PFJ, and helped many by feeling supported, strengthened by being a part of the group, and not alone.
The newspaper bag was offered as a dilemma bag for people to put their ‘plastic dilemmas’ into, as a reminder when entering thoughts into their diaries. Diary – to track thoughts and habits, ideas and successes through the month (for me to pull a resource out of). Reusable sandwhich wrap from a local company to encourage plastic free lunches, directions for making the origami paper bag (one person made a swag of these, photocopied the directions and gave these to the local produce store, who made them available for their shoppers!), and a list of resources from the web and local library to help and inspire people on their plastic free journey!