Join us for a month packed with inspiring ideas, fun events, competitions and interactive workshops!

We try to make every day a plastic free day at Wasties, but July is a month when we turn up the volume with Plastic Free July.

 

TAKE THE PLASTIC FREE CHALLENGE!

Reducing or eliminating plastic and single-use packaging from your household might seem daunting but once you look around, you’ll spot changes here and there to get you underway.

It doesn’t take much to make a big difference and the changes you make won’t just be good for the planet, your wallet will thank you too!

Wastebusters Plastic Free July initiatives are proudly supported by the Queenstown Lakes District Council Zero Waste District Programme.

Two women standing back to back, facing the camera and smiling. They're showing off a collection of reusable containers (jars, cloth bags).

JOIN THE FUN!

Join us for a month packed with inspiring ideas, fun events and interactive workshops.

We’ll be posting real-life plastic free stories on our socials, we’ll be hosting an evening with Freshlink to help you refill better and we’ll be holding a fun Plastic Free Drinks event at Wasties with Plastic Free Wānaka as the month draws to a close.

Catrin and Eden smiling while holding reusable jars & produce bags in front of text that reads 'refillery workshop - upskill your refill. weds 3 July, 6pm"

Upskill your refill, refillery workshop.

Wednesday 3 July, 6pm – 7.30pm at Freshlink.

Ever wondered how refilleries work their plastic-free magic? Join us for a deep dive into navigating refilleries and refill stations so that you can cut down on waste and avoid single-use packaging!

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Plastic Free Drinks

Wednesday 31st July, 6pm – 8pm at Wastebusters.

Let’s raise a glass with Plastic Free Wānaka & Wastebusters. Learn about Wānaka’s SUCfree campaign and Wasties’ vision for the future, plus kiss single-use items goodbye at our fun DIY stations.

89 million people around the world took part in Plastic Free July in 2023. With a figure like that, small changes can make a huge difference!

Shampoo that doesn’t have a hair-raising effect..

Morgan’s saying goodbye to plastic shampoo bottles and is making a swap to shampoo bars instead.

They give you more bang for your buck, are plastic free and you can find lots of options close by to support local businesses.

Life’s better when the glass is half-full!

Wastebusters’ legend Simon is swapping out plastic milk bottles for glass ones that can be returned, recycled and reused again and again and again.

With glass bottles available now at almost all grocery stores in town, it’s an awesome easy change to make.

A brew-tiful waste-free tea swap!

Emma’s ditching tea bags for loose leaf tea, swapping out plastic and packaging for glass jars and delicious, sustainable refills.

You can find tea refills at New World, Freshlink, Revology or Herbal Culture here in Wānaka.

Plastic free never smelled so fresh

Toby’s swapping out plastic roll-ons for a deodorant bar.

There are lots of options available now when it comes to zero-waste personal hygiene products, many of them produced here in Aotearoa, reducing your carbon footprint and cutting out the upstream waste.

Plastic free culture

Abi is taking yoghurt off her shopping list and making her own at home.

There are lots of options for making homemade yoghurt with heaps of different styles and flavours to be found, whether you buy a starter culture or do it all from scratch.

Raising the bar

Matias is taking it old-school this Plastic Free July, swapping out his plastic soap dispenser for a good old fashioned bar of soap.

You can also find locally produced soap bars around town which cut back even more on packaging as you scrub out plastic.  

Wastebusters Plastic Free July initiatives are proudly supported by the Queenstown Lakes District Council Zero Waste District Programme.