Plastic Free July

Plastic free july

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. Plastic Free July isn’t about a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly, it is about millions of people doing zero-waste imperfectly. Even by eliminating one type of plastic from your daily routine, you can make a difference.

Plastic Free habits don't have to be limited to just the month of July. The Plastic Free July website provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use waste everyday at home, work, school, and even at your local cafe.

How you can take part in the challenge

  • Start by heading over to to take the Pesky Plastics Quiz and understand your current use of single-use plastic
  • Once you have identified which plastics you can #choosetorefuse from your daily life, join the challenge and make a plastic free pledge


In 2019 Upper Hutt City Council hosted five free workshops to help residents with their Plastic Free July pledges.

The Sustainability Trust taught residents how to make beeswax wraps and snack bags, beauty products and natural cleaners.

Breanna Ward from Refill NZ spoke about single-use plastic and the impact our plastic consumption is having on the environment. She has seen this first hand from swimming across the Cook Strait and cycling the length of the North Island.