My Plastic-Free July: Amalia’s Story

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My Plastic-Free July: Amalia’s Story

Check out this Plastic Free July story from our intern at CAFNEC, Amalia. Amalia is studying at Monash University in Melbourne and originally hails from Java, Indonesia.

Hey there!

It’s been two weeks since I pledged to refuse the top 4 single-use plastic i.e. plastic bags, straws, coffee cups, and plastic bottles. It’s been pretty good so far. I made it a habit of carrying a keep cup, a bottle, and an extra food container whenever I go out. So here’s my plastic-free July journey so far:

In my first plastic free July week I went to a drive-in cinema in Mareeba and requested my milkshake to be put in my own bottle. My friend stepped back when I ordered, but I got my plastic free chocolate milkshake! Feeling more confident, I tried to order more plastic-free food and beverage that night, I rinsed my bottle with water and ordered a large hot chocolate with marshmallow + a box fries, walked back to the car only to find the ketchup was packaged in plastic! Nooo!

I sent this article to my dad back home. He was pretty excited. Hopefully I can get my family on board to go plastic-free.

Last night I was craving for some food from home and brought my own food container to a Malaysian Restaurant. I ended up buying too much food and had to take one of their food containers home.

In my second week, I tried to cook or dine-in as much as possible, to avoid plastic containers, I have been doing pretty well. I even used my keep cup to get a huge scoop of ice cream on the way back from Fitzroy Island. But yesterday, I went to a sushi restaurant and ordered some food. After a while, a friendly waiter came and handed my sushi rolls in a food container, inside a plastic bag! I asked them whether I can have the sushi on a plate. I felt upset because I know that they will probably throw away the plastic container and the bag.

No cones? You can use your keep cup as an alternative to single-use plastic

No cones? You can use your keep cup as an alternative to single-use plastic

Plastic has a huge presence in our daily life. It took me a while to change my mindset and consumption behavior, and the experience has been quite challenging. It’s even tougher to change other people’s behavior and view towards plastic. However through this experience, I learned that communication is an important key. You can make a difference by talking to your friends, family, the cashier, your local grocer, and to other awesome people who’s going plastic free to share your challenges and get useful plastic-free tips.

If you are interested in joining us and learn more about the cause, come to our weekly workshop. It’s never too late to live a plastic-free life.


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Plastic Free July: Best Blogs & Websites


Check out our favourite plastic-free living blogs!

This July, we’re accepting the challenge to refuse single-use plastic. It might be tough to change your consumption behavior, but there are heaps of useful websites and awesome people out there who have been living plastic free in Australia and all over the world!
Find interesting tips and get inspired by their stories here:

Cairns, Queensland

No Waste No Worries shares many useful tips as they document their family’s journey towards waste-free and sustainable living here in Cairns.

Follow Mathilde and her friends’ journey to a waste-free lifestyle on Purging Plastic.


The Rogue Ginger, Erin has been living plastic free for three years!

Tammy Logan and her family did the plastic free July challenge last year on Gippsland Unwrapped.

Regan Jade is also encouraging people to accept the plastic free July challenge.

Waste Free Me documented their household’s journey from wasteful to waste free over one year.

New South Wales

Check out Clean Coast Collective’s tips on hosting a plastic-free party

       Follow NSW sustainability champion Tim Silverwood and his environmental movement Take 3 For the Sea

Western Australia

Lindsay Miles gives good tips on zero waste and plastic-free living, simple living and minimalism, real food and recipes on treading my own path.

Check out other blogs and useful website from all over the world here:

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It All Adds Up: Family Fun Beach Day


Join our Family Fun Beach Day!


Date : Saturday, June 25
Time: 02:00 – 05:30 PM
Location: Yorkeys Knob Foreshore Park (Northern Sims Esplanade)

A family friendly event for all ages that aims to raise awareness about plastic consumption and its effects on our environment.

With Plastic Free July just around the corner, we would love to show the community what the every-day person can do to reduce their plastic usage, in a fun way!

This event is part of the team’s new campaign called “It All Adds Up”, which hopes to send a positive message and empower the community to make a change.

Some activities planned for the day include:
1. Sand competition
2. Paint your own re-usable calico bag
3. Drain stencilling drains with the message “This Drains to the Great Barrier Reef” – council approved activity
4. Marine Debris – “Where Does This Come From?” game
5. Colouring in activities
6. Tips and ideas for living plastic free

There will also be a sausage sizzle, and there are awesome prizes to be won!

So come on down to the esplanade (North end near the playground) for some fun outdoor activities, we hope to see you all there!

Contact person: Bess Murphy – 0409 696 939


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Bag It film screening & how to fundraise for Plastic Free July

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Join us the night before Plastic Free July kicks off for some motivation – courtesy of Bag It! – the film


Date : Thursday, June 30
Time: 06:00 – 09:00 PM
Location: Hammock Cafe, 70 Abbott St, Cairns City, QLD 4870

Bring along your pillows, blankets and snacks to settle in for a passion-igniting story of an average man’s journey to discovering the issue of plastic and ways to overcome its consumptive powers.

Tickets are FREE, but must be booked via Eventbrite.

“Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives in unimaginable and frightening ways. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effects on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.”

Pssst… we will also be launching our very own short film on plastic pollution – be amongst the first to see it!

This event is part of the team’s new campaign called “It All Adds Up”, which hopes to send a positive message and empower the community to make a change. We will also have a discussion on tips and tricks for fundraising for Plastic Free July to help people along the journey.

Want to get involved in Plastic Free July?
1. Make your Plastic Free July Pledge.
2. Help us fundraise (or make a donation yourself).
3. Follow our facebook and subscribe to our upcoming events.


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