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Rottnest is going plastic free AGAIN this July 2017!

This year's challenge:

Rottnest is encouraging visitors, residents and businesses to accept the Plastic Free July Challenge.

The challenge is quite simple: reduce the consumption of all single-use plastic across Rottnest Island this July!

Single-use plastic is designed to last forever, yet every day we use it for disposable items which last a few minutes and are thrown away. This July, all Rottnest Island businesses will be taking part in a month-long challenge to eliminate the use of plastic straws, accompanied by a week-by-week challenge focusing on reducing the use of the other “big four” plastics;

Full month: Ban on plastic straws across Rottnest Island for all of July (introduction of 100% compostable straws)
Week 1: Reduce the consumption of plastic bags
Week 2: Reduce the consumption of plastic bottles
Week 3: Reduce the consumption of plastic cups 
Week 4: Reduce the consumption of plastic containers

Art Exhibition at the Salt Store (1-31 July 2017)

There will be a FREE Art Exhibition in the Salt Store from for the month of July showcasing art creatively put together from marine debris! Opening hours will be 10.00am to 3.30pm

Sandy McKendrick's artworks have been created from flotsam and jetsam collected over 20 years along the shores of Western Australian and the Indian Ocean Territories. The artist uses plastics, rubbers and ghost-nets that are a scourge to our precious marine life. The sculptures and vessels are the result of weeks of sorting, cleaning and colour coding marine debris that is then re-worked into these artworks. 

Sandy is a true hunter and gatherer, fossicking for that unusually coloured thong or the tooth brush with the exploded bristles and remnants of ghost-nets that she melts into new sculptures. She is continually challenging herself to discover creative solutions to marine issues. The canvas photographic prints were captured during her year-round snorkel forays. Sandy has spent years observing and documenting the sub-aquatic seasonal changes.

Workshops in the Settlement Mall (1-16 July 2017)

Calico Bag printing (10+ and guardian will need to be present at all times with kids): Did you think you could only wear thongs on your feet? Think again, come along to this creative workshop and reuse, recycle and create your own printed calico bag out of thong stamps! Free - Bookings required. Book at the Mall Information Tent.

Recycled Sculptures (all ages and guardian will need to be present at all times with kids): Learn how to reuse, recycle and design amazing sculptures out recycled items. Ever wondered what you can do with old milk bottles, lids and beach rubbish? Join Sandy at the Salt Store and create a masterpiece! Free - Bookings required. Book at the Mall Information Tent.

View the School Holiday Program here! 

WHY?

On Rottnest Island, recent storms and strong ocean currents have resulted in marine rubbish being washed up along Bickley to Strickland Bay and frequent beach clean ups indicate that plastic makes up the majority of rubbish composite. This is a hazard to our environment – especially to seabirds and marine wildlife including our precious shearwaters.

By 2050 it’s estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans. Most comes from land and was once in our hands. Refuse single-use plastic and together let’s keep our oceans clean.

"Think about it...why would you make something that you are going to use for a few minutes out of a material that's basically going to last forever. What's up with that?"  - Jeb Berrier, BagIt movie.

Plastic Free July started as a local initiative in Perth, Western Australia and has grown into a global initiative.

Join over 40,000 people, schools and organisations from 90 countries and let those same hands be part of the solution.
Register a challenge at www.plasticfreejuly.org