Sunshine Coast residents are encouraged to ‘Get Your Kit On’ this Plastic Free July by swapping out single-use plastics with more sustainable options – there’s even a chance to win a whale watching experience for the whole family.
Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor Maria Suarez said that here on the Sunshine Coast we’re dedicated to protecting and enhancing our lifestyle and our beautiful environment, and one way to do that was through using sustainable products and practices.
“Unfortunately, due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and to help keep everyone safe during the pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in the number of single-use plastic items, such as coffee cups and takeaway containers,” Cr Suarez said.
“However, throughout the month of July, Sunshine Coast Council will be sharing tips and hosting great online events to showcase simple ways we can swap out single-use plastics, choose to reuse and help reset our sustainable mindset so everyone knows what products we can use now.
“It’s also a great opportunity to learn about new reusable products worth adding to your BYO kit.
“With so many great reusable products to choose from there’s bound to be something to suit your lifestyle.
“Think of new additions like on-the-go cutlery, produce bags or get a bit retro with a set of cups for the glovebox.
“Council remains committed to phasing out single-use plastics across council buildings, facilities and council supported or run events and encourages the community to join the effort.”
Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor Peter Cox said sustainable living formed a key part of council’s Environment and Liveability Strategy and Plastic Free July was a great time to learn new ways to contribute to a healthy environment and liveable Sunshine Coast.
“Some of the free events on offer during Plastic Free July include learning how to make beeswax wraps, cutlery wraps and even crafting your own plastic free tea or finding out more about modern cloth nappies,” Cr Cox said.
“If you’d like something a bit more hands-on you can join community beach clean-up events at Golden Beach and Coolum Beach.
“We’re fortunate on the Sunshine Coast to have such unique natural assets, so let’s all do our part to protect them.
“For your chance to win a family whale watching experience or some great zero waste and toxin free products from Go For Zero, all you have to do is ‘Get Your Kit On’ and join the #BYOSunshineCoast challenge.
“Visit the Living Smart website at www.livingsmart.qld.com.au to make your pledge. Or, simply share your single-use plastic alternative with us on Facebook or Instagram by using #byosunshinecoast #getyourkiton #sccplasticfreejuly and #itsinyourhands.
“Make your pledge this Plastic Free July, and I challenge you to keep that pledge going in the months and years to come.”
To learn more about what you can do this Plastic Free July, please visit www.livingsmartqld.com.au
Plastic Free July events:
Crafting a Circular Economy #2 Your Mates Brewery (YMB) (online)
Join host Todd Widdicombe July 15 from 7.30pm on the couch for a Plastic Free July special with Matt and Christen from YMB as they share their passion for reducing single-use plastics, encouraging a reuse culture, helping keep our beaches clean and supporting local environment organisations.
Learn all there is to know about modern cloth nappies
Join in the video workshop, Cloth Nappies 101 with Vashti from Nest Nappies and Kelly from Strucket to chat all things nappies on Wednesday July 15 at 10am. They explore the reusable options available so you can choose the right nappy or combination of styles for you and your bub.
Learn how to make beeswax wraps
Join Natasha Odgers from Natural Connections Wax Wraps Workshops on Wednesday July 22 at 10am and learn how to make your own beeswax wraps. You’ll be rapt with this sustainable alternative to plastic food wraps.
Learn how to craft your own plastic free tea
Join local tea blender/botanist Monica Naples from ArTe online on Wednesday July 29 at 10am to craft your own plastic free tea from your home garden.
Learn how to make your own BYO cutlery wraps
Join facilitator, Gretchen Keelty to learn three ways to make your own bespoke and practical cutlery wrap so you have your own stylish and practical way to keep your BYO cutlery with you on the go.
Beach Clean-up events:
July 18: Join Visionary Ocean Warriors at Golden Beach, Fraser Park from 9am
July 26: Join Cam saves the World at Coolum Beach, Beach Access 72 in Norrie Job Memorial Park from 9am