Say ‘adios’ to plastic in July

Win this prize in Plastic Free July, thanks to Waipa District Council.

Plastic Free July is upon us – the chance to take stock of our plastic addiction, which is fouling up the planet. Waipa District Council waste minimisation officer Sally Fraser said Plastic Free July is a good chance for people to think about how they are using plastic and look at making changes, but it doesn’t have to be painful.

It’s about choosing the easy wins, such as using reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags, using a reusable coffee cup instead of a disposable one, taking a refillable water bottle instead of buying a plastic bottle, and swapping plastic straws for reusable metal ones. Rather than getting overwhelmed by the problem, she said, we just need to look at easy substitutions that cut down on our plastic use.

It’s a global issue, but the solution lies at an individual level.

With that in mind, the Waipa District Council has given Cambridge News a Keep Cup and a set of stainless steel straws to give away during July. To enter, just send your favourite plastic-saving tip to and the most innovative idea will win the prize. Editor’s decision is final and no negotiations will be entered into with anyone who thinks they should have won, but didn’t.

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