July 1 – july 31, 2020
Plastic Free July, a campaign that started in Australia but has now gained traction world-wide, challenges people to think about the plastic they use in their lives and take action to reduce it.
This year, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the movement towards a world without plastic waste!
Will you join us by taking on the challenge?
Why we think it’s important to cut down on plastic use:
- Plastic is made from non-renewable fossil fuels
- Plastic can take up to 1000 years to breakdown, and never fully degrades, remaining in the environment as microplastics
- Plastic bags, bottles, packaging, and straws are the most commonly littered items (cigarette butts holding the first place)
- Plastic ends up in our waterways, polluting our drinking water, harming marine life, and building up in our bodies
our challenge to you
Evaluate what kind of single-use plastics you use in your life (bags, packaging, coffee cups, straws, drink bottles)
Think about ways in which you could move away from using single-use plastics
Commit to making the changes!
plastic free picnic
Food without plastic, it’s fantastic!
What is it?
An incentive to enjoy the company of close ones for an outdoor meal without single-use plastics.
Take part in Plastic Free July by hosting your own Plastic Free Picnic! Gather your pod, break out those reusable containers, cutlery, and drink vessels and head down to your favourite greenspace (just be mindful to keep a physical distance with those outside of your group). Snap a photo and enter the draw below, telling us how you’re taking on the plastic free challenge.
- Bring your own reusable cutlery, cups and plates
- Transport moist food in a tupperware or glass containers
- Glass jars work well too!
- Give snack pouches or beeswax wrap a try for drier items
- Use a blanket or bedsheet as a picnic mat
- Make sure to take your leftovers home
How do we win prizes?
A range of yummy prizes are available to those who register their Plastic Free Picnic. Click to register below, fill out a few brief questions, and attach your plastic free picnic pic (tongue twister)!
Winners will be contacted the first week of August.
digital film screening
& Panel Discussion
Monday July 6 – Wednesday July 8, 2020 // Online // FREE!
About the Event
Green Action Centre and Greenpeace Winnipeg have partnered once again to bring you a thought provoking experience that’ll change your relationship with plastic!
Learn about the issue of plastic pollution and hear from those fighting for change at our virtual screening of The Story of Plastic, followed by a panel discussion with local activists (panelists TBA).
Due to Covid-19, we are offering a digital version of the screening and panel discussion, allowing you to #BreakFreeFromPlastic and flatten the curve all from the comfort of your home.
What to Expect:
- Attendees will receive a link to stream the film on Monday July 6th at 10 a.m., which will remain active until the start of the panel discussion.
- The link will be delivered to the email address used to RSVP on the Eventbrite page.
- We will reconvene on Wednesday July 8th at 6 p.m. on Zoom for a panel discussion – you will receive a separate link for that event alongside the streaming link.
- Bring your questions and leave with actionable ways to help combat the issue!
Produced by The Story of Stuff Project, THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being. Watch the trailer now!
Spread the word
Share how you choose to reduce on social media by using the event hashtag
Looking to learn more? We’ve got a number of online resources to help you cut down on plastic waste!