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Take the Plastic Free July challenge!

We're challenging Novocastrians to a plastic free July by refusing to use single-use plastic items, such as plastic bags, takeaway containers, straws, coffee cups and plastic packaging.

Take on the challenge and enter our 'Beating Plastic Pollution Photo Competition'. It's easy!

Step 1: Refuse to use single-use plastic for the month of July
Step 2: Use our plastic free living tips or get creative and find your own plastic free alternatives
Step 3: Post a photo of your plastic-free living on our social accounts or tag us during July. Be sure to use #plasticfreenewy when you post and we will choose the most creative pic.

Facebook: @newcastlecouncil
Instagram: @citynewcastle
Twitter: @CityNewcastle

The most creative entry will win a prize worth more than $150. The winner will be announced in August 2018.   Terms and conditions apply.

The Plastic Free July initiative was founded in 2011 by the WMRC Earth Carers in Perth, Western Australia. The Plastic Free July Foundation is now an independent not-for-profit foundation.  Join the global movement.

Sew Easy Workshop - 7 July

Want help getting started with Plastic Free July? We are running our drop-in Sew Easy workshop where you can make re-usable drawstring veggie and shopping bags. The workshop is family friendly and suitable for all ages.

Saturday 7 July 9:30am to 12pm​ Newcastle Library (The Space - Level 1)

To register email or phone 4974 2733.

Use our 10 tips for a life with less plastic!

  1. Use your own stainless steel water bottle and re-usable coffee cup
  2. Pack your own reusable cutlery and drinking straws
  3. Carry your own containers for take away food and leftovers
  4. Take your own shopping bags, including reusable fruit and veg bags
  5. Find local grocers that allow you to refill your own containers with meat and prepared foods
  6. Shop at bulk food stores for dry goods and visit farmers markets to buy fresh, local produce without plastic wrapping
  7. Choose to wear natural fibre clothing
  8. Select soaps, lotions and cleaning products in plastic free containers or make your own
  9. Use natural beeswax wraps instead of cling wrap
  10. Request plastic free packaging when shopping online
Challenge your friends and family to reduce their plastic use and support each other on a more fantastic and less plastic lifestyle!