Join the Plastic Free July 2019 challenge and do your part to stave off the climate emergency

Join the Plastic Free July 2019 challenge and do your part to stave off the climate emergency

Australian-based NGO says more needs to be done than just banning plastic straws at some businesses

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20 per cent on Hong Kong's waste is made up of plastic.
Photo: Edmond So/SCMP

An Australian-based environmental organisation is calling upon more Hongkongers to participate in a challenge that would ask them to go plastic free in July.

Plastic Free Foundation launched their campaign, Plastic Free July, in 2011. Over the past eight years, participants from 177 countries, including Hong Kong, have taken part in the challenge.

Last year, more than 120 million people took part in the global campaign. As a result, nearly 500 million kilograms of plastic waste was avoided, and participants cut their use of disposable plastics by 5.6 per cent. They also reduced their household waste by nearly 10 per cent.

“In Hong Kong alone, 20 per cent of the city’s overall waste going to landfill every day is made up of plastic,” says Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, founder of Plastic Free July.

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"While it’s heartening to see the ban of plastic straws in some businesses, more needs to be done to decrease the demand for and waste of single-use plastic.”

“This is why we’re calling on people living in Hong Kong to take up the Plastic Free July challenge this year,” she says.

The Plastic Free July campaign is in line with the UN Sustainable Development goals, and aims to cut the demand for single-use plastics by 2030.

“One change can go a long way and the challenge has enabled millions of people to take small, daily actions and create long-lasting habits that minimise single-use plastic,” says Prince-Ruiz. “In doing so, we can stem the flow of plastic waste in the oceans upstream, with positive actions on land and in our homes.” 

You can sign up to take the challenge on their website here.

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