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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

Internal beeswax wrap workshops, plastic free morning tea, boomerang bag share libraries, reusable cup libraries and Terracycle collection bins to recycle soft plastics, oral care items and beauty products.

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. 

Access over 60 FREE teaching resources, from early learning to Year 10 by visiting the films website here. 

Plastic pollution is the story our community is talking about.

Join us for this FREE night of music, food, fun and an outdoor screening of the AMAZING film Blue to celebrate World Environment Day and the Plastic Free July Youth Program.
Live music, court time and food trucks from 4pm, screening starts at 6pm.

Download the site map! 

BOOK YOUR SPOT!

 

 

“Blue is a film born out of love for the ocean. The hidden crises that the filmmakers explore – plastic pollution, ocean acidification, species extinction – are held together by the narration of divers, biologists and surfers; their voices clear and gentle as they trace the ocean’s greatest wonders and threats.
For ninety minutes we are held wholly submerged. The films creates a sense of stillness that is so often lost in the hum of modern life, giving us time to appreciate the depth and urgency of issues that can otherwise seem distant and abstract. What begins as a story of loss lays the foundation for a story of renewal; a call for a thriving future. The scale of change needed to protect the ocean is big but Blue doesn’t leave us feeling small alongside it. We are all connected, both to the ocean and to each other. This is how change ripples outwards; why the little things can make a big difference.
Since seeing Blue late last year, my life has changed in many ways. I’ve made a conscious effort to live with less waste, especially when it comes to plastic. I’ve divested from fossil fuels by switching banks and superfunds. But the most important shift for me has been recognising all that I’ve been taking for granted. We are so lucky to live on such a diverse and peculiar planet. And since Blue, I’ve started wondering what the world would look like if we carried this gratitude with us; if we tended to it in the mornings, if we let it guide the way we live.”

Review by Melanie Hunter, Emerald Beach, Editor of Radical Magazine.

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

There are many ways businesses can support Plastic Free July. Some ways include offering a discount for reusable coffee cups, transitioning to biodegradable, metal or bamboo straws, only offering straws to those who ask, supplying cardboard or compostable takeaway containers! Go in store and ask businesses what they’re doing to find out!

  • 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
  • Seven Seas, Sawtell
  • Zest Café, Sawtell
  • The Kiosk, Sawtell
  • Boomtown, Sawtell
  • Open Air Picnics, Sawtell
  • Breadcrumbz, Sawtell
  • Majestic Cinema, Sawtell
  • Hearthfire, Sawtell
  • Old John’s Café, The Jetty
  • Urban Espresso, The Jetty
  • Twenty26, The Jetty
  • Jetty Butcher, The Jetty
  • Bushman Bakery, The Jetty
  • K’Pane, The Jetty
  • K’Pane, Coffs Harbour
  • Fiasco, The Jetty
  • Supply Specialty Coffee & bar, The Jetty
  • Sea Salt, The Jetty
  • Sea Salt, Sawtell
  • Audrey Gees Coffee Shoppe, Woolgoolga
  • Blue Bottles, Woolgoolga
  • Jedd’s Bakery, Woolgoolga
  • The Beach House, Woolgoolga
  • Wired, Emerald Beach
  • The General Store, Emerald Beach
  • Sawtell RSL Club Limited
  • Bonville Service Station

Plastics to Art Competition

Get creative with your everyday plastics and win a prize in our Plastic Free July art competition.

Open to all ages, all skill levels and it’s FREE. Bring your creation to the Harbourside Markets on July 29 or come and make it on the day at the Family Friendly Plastic to art making space. People’s choice competition will be drawn on the day.

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 JuLY 20 2018!!

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