Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s the mission behind Plastic Free July, to build a global movement that drastically reduces plastic use and improves recycling.
From humble beginnings that originated in Perth, Australia, the Plastic Free July Foundation is now an independent, not-for-profit foundation, and on Tuesday, July 3, an event was held in the Nelson College Hall.
Hannah Pressman of Garin College teamed up with Emma Edwards and Robbie Anderson from Nelson College for Girls and Nelson College respectively, to host The Rubbish Trip event coordinated by Enviroschools for Plastic Free July.
“It’s so important. Plastic is one of the worst things that happens to our environment. We haven’t had it long enough to know how to biodegrade it efficiently, so it’s just piling up and in the meantime destroying everything,” says Hannah.
The event kicked off with a zero-waste sausage sizzle to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation of NZ and included a presentation from the creators of The Rubbish Trip – a zero-waste roadshow that offers free presentations and workshops across New Zealand. A variety of stall-holders also shared information on their activities and products, ranging from menstrual cups to beeswax wraps.
They all share the vision of a world devoid of plastic waste and say that everyone can choose to be part of the solution by avoiding products in plastic packaging, reducing plastic where possible, refusing plastics that escape as litter and recycling.
The two no-waste nomads behind The Rubbish Trip are Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince from Wellington, who began their crusade in 2015.