Plastic Free July – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

It might seem impossible to avoid using plastic in your life, look around and you will find plastic everywhere. The key to the Plastic Free July challenge is to avoid single-use plastic – coffee cups, straws, balloons, shopping bags, to name but a few. Simply leave the house prepared for your day ahead.

 Plastic Free July is an initiative from ECO warriors in Australia, the Earth Carers Waste Education team at the Western Metropolitan Regional Council in Western Australia, who have challenged the whole world to go plastic free for the month of July. This award-winning campaign started in 2011 with only 40 people participating in Perth, Australia, and has now spread across the country and around the world. Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives; it aims to encourage people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic (disposable plastics) during the month of July and to encourage people to seek out alternatives for non-biodegradable packaging and products.


The campaign of Plastic Free July works to create conversations and provide education around the issues of plastic pollution, and even more importantly, it promotes the solutions. It does not matter whether you choose to go plastic free for the whole month, a day or a week or a year or maybe for the rest of your life, what matters is to take a positive action and to create a lasting change in our environment. Every small change counts. Look around your house and see what you can reuse – glass jars for packing take away lunches, snacks – see where you can reduce the use of plastic – bring your own coffee cup, do not buy food-on-the-go packed in plastic, make your own (it will save you money as well) – and see what can be recycled.

You can read some inspiring stories and case studies of reducing and refusing the single-use plastic on the campaign’s homepage.


Here is a handy guide of how to avoid plastic in your everyday-life starting with some alternatives to the products you use every-day and finishing with top tips for plastic free shopping.

Start with small things refusing straws and bringing your own travel mug and shopping bags, buying vegetables at your local market with no plastic packaging, remember to reuse those glass jars and how about switching to a wooden toothbrush, and you already will be helping environment. Remember to be creative and do what you can.

Baiba Šustere

Baiba Šustere is a staff writer and wellness expert for My Good Planet. Specialising in mindfulness, health and wellbeing, Baiba's work has inspired and touched many of our readers over the course of her time with us. Her time studying to become a Yoga teacher in India gave her a unique perspective on life; one which she generously shares with us regularly.

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