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2018 Coffs Harbour Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July (PFJ) is about avoiding single-use plastics – especially straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles and disposable cutlery and coffee cups.

Join the PFJ Movement

Momentum is building all over the world to cut down on single use plastic – so why not start your own revolution in PFJ 2018.

All you have to do is pledge to cut out the use of single use plastic throughout July and hopefully begin a lifelong habit. Some of the most common items include plastic bags, plastic cutlery, takeaway coffee cups, plastic straws and plastic drink bottles. These five items are easily replaced with alternatives like canvas bags, a reusable coffee cup, bamboo or steel cutlery, a steel or reusable drinking bottle and going without a straw.

Plastic is a durable, incredibly long-lasting material, so when it gets thrown away, it begins its journey to our waterways, beaches and oceans where it slowly, very slowly, begins to break down into millions of pieces. Recent research by Tangaroa Blue, an Australian Marine Debris Initiative, estimates that eight million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean each year, making marine debris a major environmental issue worldwide.

This July, Council is helping people get involved by running a packed programme of events including DIY beeswax wrap workshops, Solitary Islands Coastal Walks, film screenings at the Jetty Memorial Theatre, a plastic free shopping tour, a giant Used Toy Swap, a ‘Repurposing Our Plastics’  Exhibition and more.

Join Us!

Full Program

Download the full program here.

 

 

Swap Out List

There are many simple plastic alternatives available and once you start swapping, you will find it hard to stop!
You hold a lot of purchasing power as each purchase you make sends a message to producers. So by purchasing non-plastic products your sending producers the message that you don’t want plastic packaging.

Download your list of handy plastic swaps!

Host a Plastic Free July (PFJ) Morning Tea

Spread the word about PFJ by having a morning tea! This could be for staff and/or students.  It is a fun and inclusive way to raise awareness about the problems of single-use plastic. Here are some simple steps:

  • Check it’s ok first: Talk to your canteen, environment committee, colleagues to enlist their support and to make sure it’s fine, confirm a date, time, budget and get planning!!
  •  Plan the event: Make it as simple or fancy as you want. Plan numbers and how you are going to make it plastic free e.g. take your own bags and buy from the local bakery, talk to your canteen or food tech team about baking using delicious recipes curated by the PFJ team.  You might also want to try out some of these fun activities to raise awareness about PFJ.
  • Promote the event: Put up posters around the office; include your event on the school calendar and/or intranet and if appropriate, share on social media. Maybe you can organise a Beeswax wrap workshop or demonstration as part of your morning tea to generate interest!
  • Host the event: Put up PFJ posters  and download any activities you might need. Welcome and thank everyone coming to the PFJ morning tea. If you feel comfortable, you may want to give your reasons for holding the PFJ morning tea – or show the film clip  about what PFJ is all about.

Mind-Map

This handy Mind-Map helps you to navigate around plastic free thoughts. You can pop it on your fridge, give it to friends and family or whatever you like!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiring Movers and Shakers

myplasticfreelife

therogueginger

treadingmyownpath

lowtoxlife

greenmatters

ecocult

paris-to-go.com

curiouslyconscious

Recipes

Toothpaste

Dishwasher detergent

Everyday cleaning spray

Deodorant

Beeswax wraps

Spell Designs

My Healthy Green Family

Spell Designs Plastic Free Pantry

What Coffs Harbour City Council is doing

Information coming.

Workshops & Events

We are running a packed programme of events including DIY beeswax wrap workshops, Solitary Islands Coastal Walks, film screenings at the Jetty Memorial Theatre, a plastic free shopping tour, a Toy Swap, a ‘Repurposing Plastics’  Art Exhibition and so much more during Plastic Free July 2018.

View Workshops & Events & secure your spot!!

Join The Challenge!

Joining the challenge is quite simple…choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it.

​You’ll be joining millions of people from 159 countries world-wide in making a difference.

Join the Challenge today!!

Become a Volunteer!

Volunteers are a vital element of Plastic Free July.

Join the volunteer team today!!

Schools Kit

We have put together a Schools Kit which outlines three options for schools and early childhood centres to run an event to raise awareness about PFJ. In addition we developed a Plastic Free July Youth Program including a FREE screening of the recently released Australian film Blue, a beach clean-up with National Parks and a Community Art Exhibition.

There are lots of ways schools and centres can get involved in Plastic Free July so get involved and spread the word!!

Download the Schools Kit here. 

As well as these specific events for schools and centres we have an entire program of free activities for the entire community including workshops, film screenings at the Jetty, giveaways and more all throughout June, July & August. Just remember to reserve your spot!!

Blue Film Screening

Download poster here. 

Repurposing Plastics Art Exhibition

Repurposing our Plastics is a community Art Exhibition to start conversations about extending the life of stuff and to showcase creative works made from reused & recyclable plastics. It is open to all local schools and residents and is an integral part of Coffs Harbour City Council’s Plastic Free July (PFJ) program.

The aim is to challenge peoples’ perceptions about ‘rubbish’ and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts. Repurposing our Plastics provides an innovative approach to waste education, invites schools and community groups to take up the challenge and create a new life for materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.

Click here for more information and how to enter.

Business Kit

We have put together a Businesses Kit which outlines simple ways for local businesses to get involved and to raise awareness about PFJ.  Council will be popping into local businesses to encourage involvement and providing any necessary support, like your questions answered.

If your business is up for the challenge, sign yourself up for free!

Download your Business Kit here.

Business’s Supporting Plastic Free July

  • West High St Butcher, Coffs Harbour
  • Butchers Boutique, Sawtell
  • The General Store, Coffs Harbour
  • The Happy Frog, Coffs Harbour
  • Salute, Coffs Harbour
  • Paradise Fruit, Sawtell
  • The Sunken Chip, Sandy Beach
  • Ground Earth, Woolgoolga
  • Fresco, Coffs Harbour

Repurposing Plastics Art Exhibition

Repurposing our Plastics is a community Art Exhibition to start conversations about extending the life of stuff and to showcase creative works made from reused & recyclable plastics. It is open to all local schools and residents and is an integral part of Coffs Harbour City Council’s Plastic Free July (PFJ) program.

The aim is to challenge peoples’ perceptions about ‘rubbish’ and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts. Repurposing our Plastics provides an innovative approach to waste education, invites schools and community groups to take up the challenge and create a new life for materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.

Download the Art Exhibition Guide. 

Enter before 5pm Friday June 29 2018!!

Our Living Coast is a joint project of the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen & Nambucca Councils