Plastic Free July is a global movement that encourages people to reduce or eliminate their use of single-use plastics. The Plastic Free July movement, started by the Plastic Free Foundation in Australia, has already inspired over 120 million participants in 177 countries.

Importance of Reducing Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastics are just that – single use. They contribute to litter in our communities and can find their way into our waterways, including the Great Lakes.

As part of its Long Term Waste Management Strategy, the City of Toronto is working towards a circular economy and zero waste future, which prioritize reduction and reuse. The City’s TransformTO climate action strategy also sets a goal to divert 95 per cent of waste from landfill by 2050.

You Can Make a Difference

  • Refuse single-use plastics at source (i.e. don’t purchase products that are, or are packaged in single-use plastic)
  • Learn about and use reusable alternatives
  • Spread the word to friends, family, and colleagues

Plastic-Free Picnic

On July 30, the City’s Live Green Toronto team hosted a Plastic Free Picnic at David Pecaut Square to mark ‘Single-use Plastic Free Day’ in Toronto. The event celebrated everyone who took the pledge to go ‘single-use plastic free’ at lunch during the month of July as part of the international Plastic Free July campaign.