Plastic Free July has come and gone… now what do we do?! Let’s make it a plastic-free year! Plastic Free July is a movement to encourage people to take on the challenge to reduce plastic waste and continue waste-reduction habits all year round!

What switch did you make throughout the month to limit your plastic waste? 

I am a huge iced coffee lover, so last July, I committed to making my iced coffee from home every morning, so I’d never need to purchase one in a disposable plastic cup. I made a trip down to the grocery store and stocked up on my favourite coffee creamer and coffee grounds, so I was always prepared when my caffeine craving kicked in – and I’m happy to say the habit has stuck!

 in But what about compostable cups? – Unless you have access to a commercial composting facility/service, like Compost Winnipeg, compostable cups still end up in the bin, and oftentimes, the wrong bin, which causes more issues down the line. 

This year, I decided to focus on reducing plastic waste through my clothing consumption. Participating in clothing swaps is an ideal way to spruce up your wardrobe while lessening your impact on the environment! It keeps clothes in circulation for longer, as well as being price accessible for lots of people. 

Did you know?

👚 ~60% of materials used in textiles are made of plastic
👚 Only a small percent of fast fashion items are made with minimal recycled fabric
👚 Not to mention all the plastic waste created through shipping & packaging!

For these reasons and more, Green Action Centre hosted a Clothing Swap in celebration of Plastic Free July!



We swapped over 150 articles of clothing, keeping those items out of the landfill! All extra pieces were donated to the Indigenous Women’s Healing Centre. Thank you to all who came out and contributed to our #PlasticFreeJuly Clothing Swap!

#PlasticFreeJuly Takeaway:

evaluate, think, and commit to plastic waste reduction! 

And remember, it’s never too late to start reducing your plastic waste! Every action counts.

Let us know in the comments how you reduce your plastic waste!