Drop, Swap or Pick it up and join the BYO Sunshine Coast challenge this Plastic Free July

Here on the Sunshine Coast, we know we're onto a good thing - that’s why we live here. We love the laid-back lifestyle, stunning beaches, great cafés and unique community spirit.

We all know that single-use items such as coffee cups, straws, shopping bags and plastic bottles are disastrous for our environment and waterways. BYO Sunshine Coast invites everyone to take up the challenge to refuse single-use and bring your own items instead.

Join the challenge to #BYOSunshineCoast and commit to cutting out one or more single-use items. Make a pledge to Bring Your Own reusable coffee cup, water bottle, shopping bags or produce bags and encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Participate in beach clean-ups, hands on workshops, movie nights and more...

Subscribe to Living Smart during Plastic Free July and you'll also go into the draw to WIN a plastic-free kit (reusable cup, bag, produce bags, straw and cutlery) or tickets to go whale watching or to the Tree Top Challenge.

Take the Challenge

#BYOSunshineCoast #PlasticFreeJuly #CleanSunshineCoast #Itsinyourhands

Get involved in the following actions and here are 'Tips to use less plastic'.

 

Join the Challenge and WIN Prizes

CHOOSE TO REUSE. I commit to swapping out the following single-use items for reusable alternatives for the length of time indicated.

Join the challenge at any time during July for the chance to win some great local prizes including Whale One Cruise, Tree Top Challenge & Plastic Free Kits.

 

What will you swap out?

What will you participate in?

 

 

 

 

 

To be eligible for our July prize pool, please provide your email address:

Join the conversation

Share your pledge journey with our BYO Sunshine Coast community:

STEP 1 Take a snap of yourself with your reusable item
STEP 2 Share it on Facebook or Instagram with #BYOSunshineCoast #PlasticFreeJuly

Hands on workshops and presentations, Fabric Program

Get creative and informed this Plastic Free July with both hands on and practical information sessions.

Family Movie Fun

We all know that throwing rubbish on the ground is littering, so why is letting a balloon float away seen as something different? Rubber Jellyfish is a feature-length documentary that explores the effects of helium balloons on the environment, wildlife and human beings.

Waterways litter

In one year, Sunshine Coast Council removed over 15 tonnes of litter from our region's waterways.

Clean Sunshine Coast ... It’s in our hands.

Tips to use less plastic

Just getting started

A little more challenging

  • Ditch the cling wrap: use beeswax food wraps, brown paper bags or reusable containers with lids instead of plastic wrap and zip lock bags.
  • Use reusable mesh bags for fruit and vegetables instead of the plastic bags supplied in supermarkets
  • Avoid pre-packaged fruit and vegetables
  • Select low-packaged items when you shop. Buy items like laundry detergent in boxes instead of plastic bottles and recycle the boxes when finished
  • Explore refill options at bulk food stores
  • Consider what you can make at home easily - ie stocks, biscuits, dips etc.

Hard-core committed

  • BYO containers to butchers and your own bag when buying bakery products
  • Take your own reusable containers when purchasing take-away food
  • Refill your own containers for food and cleaning products at bulk food stores
  • Have your own travel cutlery kit
  • Avoid plastic toothbrushes and purchase biodegradable toothbrushes instead
  • Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor
  • Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter
  • Use cloth nappies to reduce your baby's carbon footprint and save money

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