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The Challenge

Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July

The Individual Challenge


The challenge is quite simple. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.   "Single-use" includes:

  • plastic shopping bags

  • plastic cups

  • plastic bottles

  • plastic straws

  • plastic packaging

  • basically anything that's intended only to be used once and then discarded.

If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (plastic bags, bottles, takeaway coffee cups & straws).

The rules

  1. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.

  2. Remember it's not going to be easy! It is a challenge, not a competition so don't worry about being perfect.

  3. Collect any unavoidable single-use plastic you buy. Keep in a dilemma bag and share it with us at the end of  each week or at the challenge.
    #plasticfreejuly #dilemmabag #plasticfreepeg

  4. It's up to you regarding how long you participate. You might decide to go plastic-free for a day, a week, a month or longer! However long you choose will still make a contribution.

Why you should participate

Apart from the small amount of plastic which has been incinerated, EVERY piece of plastic which was ever produced still exists on earth somewhere. In the first 10 years of this century MORE plastic was produced than the entire last century!

Getting started

  • Make sure you register with the global campaign, Plastic Free July. They will send you tips and tools to help you.

  • Check out the toolbox of ideas, recipes and tips to make your Plastic Free July a breeze on the Plastic Free July website.

  • Got specific questions about the challenge? Head on over to the FAQ page on the Plastic Free July website.

  • Check out 31 Days, 31 Ways. 31 ways to help to transition to a plastic free life in Winnipeg, Canada.

  • Share local feedback for your successes, failures, and struggles on our Forum or on Facebook.

  • Learn about local resources that will help your transition to becoming plastic free.

My Challenge Choices

Use this list of Plastic Free July actions to Choose Your Challenge. We've listed them in the order of the ones that are popular (easy to do) and make the biggest impact.

The scores (each out of 5) show how important the choice is to protecting the ocean, reducing landfill and cutting carbon pollution.

 The image below was created by Plastic Free July

with a focus to the Australian demographic.

The information is easily transferred worldwide and to our city of Winnipeg.