Learn how to be drastic with plastic this July

Published: 3 July 2024

This July, Eurobodalla Council is hosting a series of plastic-free workshops at Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma libraries.

Council’s environment education officer Mimosa Henderson is excited to share her tips to reduce single-use plastic.

“We kicked off Plastic Free July with a sourdough pizza workshop which booked out fast!” Mimosa said.

“It’s not too late to join one of our beeswax wrap or t-shirt upcycling workshops. See what’s on at the libraries and book online.

“If you can’t make it this month, we’ll have more plastic-free events at our Festival of Sustainable Choices in September, so keep an eye on Council’s website.”

Ms Henderson said two billion t-shirts are sold globally each year, making t-shirts one of the world’s most common garments that often end up in landfill.

“We are proud to have textile recycling service at our waste facilities now, however there are still ways we can keep them in use before recycling,” Ms Henderson said.

“Our t-shirt workshops will teach people how to upcycle their torn, tattered, stained, and stretched t-shirts into a practical new bag.”

Ms Henderson encouraged the community to change their habits: “Research shows it takes just 21 days to change a habit – so we’re hoping Plastic Free July will kickstart the challenge for some.”

One popular household habit is the use of cling wrap to store food, says Ms Henderson.

“There are ways around this by simply opting for reusable containers or beeswax wraps instead,” she said.

“If you’re interested in beeswax wraps, our workshops run by local beekeepers will teach you how to make them cheaply yourself.”

Ms Henderson shared three easy habits for the Plastic Free July challenge:

  • Take your reusable cup when you buy your coffee or stay to drink it.
  • Carry a water bottle; avoid buying bottled water – not only are you doing good, but you’ll save money too.
  • Keep a bunch of lightweight bags inside your grocery bags for those loose apples, onions, and potatoes, and avoid buying pre-packaged produce.

For more ideas and solutions visit the Plastic Free July website. Visit Council's website for more information on soft plastic and textile recycling in Eurobodalla.

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