Refuse to use: Plastic Free July at AUT

06 Jul, 2021
Refuse to use: Plastic free July at AUT

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.

Dr Jeff Seadon, waste management expert from the School of Future Environments, said New Zealand produces three and a half million tonnes of waste a year, which increases each year.

“We’re looking at a combined effort to ensure we use our resources in the best way possible,” he said.

“Manufacturers need to reduce their waste or make sure it has a pathway back to into the circular economy, and consumers need to think about how they can avoid using single-use plastics in their daily life.”

AUT staff and students have come together to go plastic-free this July. Get their top tips for reducing plastic all year round, including:

  • Bringing your own reusable lunchbox, bags, cutlery, straws and cups
  • Using a compostable toothbrush and shampoo bar
  • Using local refilleries
  • Supporting businesses who use environmentally friendly packaging

AUT cafes use compostable packaging and offer a 10% discount when you bring your keep cup, or a 50c discount on salads at #newsfeed and hot meals at Refuel and KaiFe when you bring your own container.

Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?