Tips to Help Keep our Oceans Plastic-Free this July

Monday, Jul 20, 2020

Did you know that up to 13 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans each year? 


Here are seven practical things you can do this July to reduce plastic waste and protect our oceans.


Knowing where to start may seem challenging, but it doesn't have to be. Plastic Free July is the perfect time to implement some changes or to expand on your current practises. No matter whether you choose to follow one or all of these tips doesn't matter; it only matters that you start.

Be informed! It's the single most important thing you can do. Watch documentaries, read articles, seek out knowledge. The more you learn, the more you can help. If you're not too sure where to start - here’s some information about Sea Shepherd’s marine debris campaign

BYO bags - Say NO to plastic bags, including produce bags.  

Choose to reuse - refillable drink bottles are better for your health and our oceans. 

If you can, say NO to single-use straws and YES to reusable straws.  

Grab yourself a Keepcup and be proud to know you aren't adding to the 2.7 million single-use coffee cups used in Australia, daily. Sea Shepherd KeepCups are sold in our online shop

When purchasing, try to choose ethical, high quality items over quantity. If you can, consider using an additional filter in your washing machine to reduce microfibres, such as a Guppy Bag. Consider clothing-swaps with friends or buying second hand too. 

Cloth food wraps and reusable lunch containers are a fantastic way to keep your snacks and sandwiches fresh without relying on plastic packaging. 

BYO containers.  Join the zero waste trend and reduce your plastic footprint.  Only buying the quantities you need helps to reduce food wastage and unnecessary packaging.  

Sometimes buying plastic can be unavoidable, and that's okay. But, if you purchase it, you are responsible for it. By disposing of it correctly, be it recycling, composting, or simply making sure it's securely disposed of, you will be helping to safeguard our waterways and marine life.

Grab your family and friends and join one of our community beach or river clean-ups. They are a wonderful and inclusive environment where you will be surrounded by likeminded people. You will leave feeling informed, inspired, and proud, knowing that you have helped to stem the tide of plastic pollution. 

Unable to make it? No problem, there's still plenty you can do. Help spread awareness by following our Marine Debris Campaign Facebook and Instagram pages and sharing our events. Together, we can defend, conserve, and protect our blue planet. 

Our Australia-wide marine debris campaign has been driving community change through education and beach clean-ups, empowering people to realise that every piece counts since 2016. 

To date, passionate volunteers have removed over three million pieces of trash from Australia's beaches and waterways. 

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