Plastic Free July

Join the challenge and choose to refuse single-use plastic during July!


What’s Plastic Free July?


This summer, Zero Waste Yukon will again be joining over 2 million people worldwide in taking the Plastic Free July challenge!

It’s easy! For the month of July, simply avoid single-use plastic products! Refuse plastic bottles and bags, straws, disposable cups, cutlery and take-out containers. Reduce plastic consumption wherever possible. Carry your reusable items and recycle unavoidable items!

We know plastic is hard to avoid. You don’t have to eliminate everything! Try your best and think about the plastic you consume!

You can start with eliminating one item, or go big and see if you can live a whole month without any single-use plastic – it’s up to you!

Join the Challenge


Enter our photo contest!

Zero Waste Yukon is hosting a #PlasticFreeJuly photo contest – here’s how to enter:

1. Go to and pledge to take the #choosetorefuse challenge!

2. Snap a picture of how you’re participating in Plastic Free July! Get creative!

3. Share that picture on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, and tag @zerowasteyukon! Use the hashtags #PlasticFreeJuly and #ChooseToRefuse!

If you’re not on social media, simply e-mail us a picture at and we’ll make sure you get entered in the draw!

At the end of the month, one lucky photo will be picked to receive a special prize!


Plastics and Climate


In 2019, the production and incineration of plastic will produce more than 850 million metric tons of greenhouse gases. This is equal to the emissions from 189 five-hundred megawatt coal power plants.

Greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic life cycle threaten the ability of the global community to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C. By 2050, the greenhouse gas emissions from plastic could reach over 56 gigatons—10-13 percent of the entire remaining carbon budget.



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