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Plastic Free July Launch a Success

The Plastic Free July Launch on Wednesday 26th June was a great success, with around 50 interested people coming down to the Old Midland Courthouse to find out more about ways to eliminate single use plastic from their lives!

Plastic Free July Launch - Brigita and Jenny sewing reusable produce bags

Brigita and Jenny sewing reusable produce bags

Transition Town Guildford teamed up with Hills Sustainability Group and City of Swan to present the event. This was a winner co-organising combo, which we hope to repeat in future.

Plastic Free July Launch - Ingredients for making your own muesli

Ingredients for making your own muesli

Eleanor Chaos opened the event with a short talk about the Plastic Free July challenge and her experiences of doing it last year. After this attendees were invited to wander through the two main rooms of the Courthouse which had been set up with a variety of interesting stalls.

Plastic Free July Launch - Raelene makes gift bags from recycled newspaper

Raelene makes gift bags from recycled newspaper

Stay tuned for a screening of the movie ‘Bag It’ on 9th July, and the official Plastic Free July Wind-up event on Wednesday 31st July, 7pm at Old Midland Courthouse.

Plastic Free July Launch - It's fun being plastic free!

It’s fun being plastic free!


Plastic Free July Launch coming up in Midland


Transition Town Guildford, in partnership with Hills Sustainability Group and the City of Swan will host a launch event for Plastic Free July at the Old Midland Courthouse on Wednesday 26 June.

If you’re keen to take the plastic free pledge or would just like to learn new skills and find out more about smart ways to avoid plastic, then come along and bring your friends!

The Challenge
The Plastic Free July challenge is quite simple. Attempt to consume no single-use plastic items during July.

“Single-use plastic” includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging … Basically anything that’s intended to be used only once and then sent to landfill.

Good reasons to go Plastic Free

  • Reduce waste – Australians send 1 million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill each year. Plastic is made from fossil fuels which are a valuable, non-renewable resource.
  • Even better than recycling – Recycling is important but it will never be the solution to rapidly expanding consumption. Plastic Free July focuses on refusing, reducing and reusing.
  • Good health – Common additives to plastic include BPA (bisphenol A) and phthalates, both these chemicals can have harmful effects on humans.
  • Protect marine animals – Plastic debris is a major issue for the integrity of marine ecosystems. Impacts to wildlife include entanglement and ingestion.

The Launch
Come to the launch for great tips and suggestions on avoiding plastic in your daily life, and get some take home information to help you see your challenge through.

Free stalls with skills and tips for going plastic free will include:

Plus a slideshow of plastic alternatives.

DATE: Wednesday June 26
TIME: 7pm – 8.30pm
COST: Free
VENUE: Old Midland Courthouse, Helena Street, Midland
FURTHER INFORMATION: City of Swan Sustainable Environment Officer ph: 9267 9282

Download the Plastic Free July Launch flyer.

Visit the Plastic Free July official website.