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Waste-free Families: Celebrate Plastic Free July

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by Vicky Rae Ellmore (subscribe)
Proudly South African. Currently residing in amazing Melbourne. Lover of music, reading, animals and exploring. Vet nurse/freelance writer and editor.
Fun workshop full of ideas for plastic free families
Whether you have been participating in Plastic Free July or not, are still considering going plastic free, just starting out on your plastic free journey or a plastic free pro, join Lauren and Oberon Carter and their kids for this fun, family-friendly workshop by Spiral Garden and the Plastic Free July organisation.

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The workshop will be a celebration of Plastic Free July, which is run by a team of Australia passionate about reducing the use of unnecessary single-use plastic, will have just come to an end. Plastic Free July is "a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution - so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities", according to the organisation, which states that "you making a small change will collectively make a massive difference to our communities". It asks people to take on the challenge of going plastic free for a month and to choose to refuse single-use plastic for the month of July every year. This year was the 10th Plastic Free July, with it first starting in 2011.

Expect a science experiment or two, they'll share advice on making and growing your own food, and they'll show how to get creative and make gifts for family and friends using things found in your home. No plastic involved or needed!

In addition, some simple recipes and tips to help you live plastic-free into the future will be shared by Lauren and Oberon, who have been living a zero-waste life since September 2015 and have authored a book on waste-free living. They live with their three daughters in Hobart on an average suburban block and live completely waste and also recycling free! Read more about them here.

Their book, A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living, is full of information and advice for families wanting to reduce their waste, as well as budget-friendly recipes and projects for reducing waste in your life. The Plastic Free July website also has resources and ideas to help you reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, and when out and about.

To get excited for the event, watch the short film about the family's Zero Waste journey, which was made by Sustainable Living Tasmania, below, and to get prepared, maybe start thinking about some unnecessary plastic in your life you could free yourself from.

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When: 31 July 2020
Where: Online
Cost: Free
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