A survey conducted by global research company Ipsos revealed that Australia’s participation rate in the Plastic Free July challenge in 2018 exceeded the global figure, which saw 120 million take part.
An Ipsos study indicated that in July 2018, people from across 177 countries participated in the challenge to minimise plastic waste and use.
A survey showed that 29 per cent of participants were aware of the Plastic Free July Challenge and of those, 49 per cent of Australians took part in 2018. The global average was 45 per cent.
In June, the Plastic Free July Foundation released the findings from the survey undertaken in collaboration with the Melbourne office of Ipsos.
The aim was to find out how aware and engaged people around the world were regarding the Plastic Free July challenge.
Between 21 September and 5 October 2018, 19,295 respondents from 26 countries around the globe participated in the online survey.
The number of survey participants that took part globally in 2018, jumped 30 per cent from 2017.
The Ipsos data, combined with World Bank data shows that an estimated 120 million adults participated in Plastic Free July 2018 across 26 surveyed countries, including 2 million participants in Australia, 10 million in the USA, 3 million in the UK and 20 million in India.
Events across Australia are taking place in July to support plastic waste minimisation, including workshops on creating homemade cleaning products, which use less chemicals and potentially harmful toxins, as well as minimising plastic waste by purchasing less packaging.
The Warringah based event aimed to encourage people to use ingredients they already have at home to create products, rather than purchasing bottles of cleaning products.
Companies such as Cleanaway are also on board with tips on rejecting plastic cutlery and containers at take-out stores by being a “nude foodist” this July.
Organisations such as the Australian Marine Conservation Society are also spreading the word about plastic pollution, by educating people on the effects plastic has on marine life.