the Watertree Planet-Safe challenge

‘Think about it. Why would you make something that you’re going to use for a few minutes, out of a material that’s basically going to last forever, and then you’re just going to throw it away. What’s up with that?’

Why do we focus on single-use plastic? Plastic never bio-degrades. Every piece ever made lasts forever! It is suspected to cause cancer, infertility, and many other diseases and it poses a serious threat to our health and that of future generations. Petroleum based plastics pollute the air, water, and food that we need to survive.

But we can make a huge difference if we come together and act now. We do not need to rely on Single-Use Plastic.

The Watertree Planet-Safe Challenge is designed to slowly change people’s lifestyles to show that living without plastic is not hard. It just requires a bit of work and a change in mind-set.  

We believe that once you make the lifestyle choice and make the effort to start avoiding single-use plastic, you will realise just how much single-use plastic we use in our daily lives.  

Take the Watertree Planet-Safe Challenge by refusing single-use plastics knowing that you are acting as a positive role model and influence on others. We use the hash tag #IDIDTHERIGHTTHING to tie our community together.

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what is the Watertree Planet-Safe Challenge?

Challenge yourself to avoid using single- use plastics by completing the challenge below. Post your success on social media to spread the word! #IDIDTHERIGHTTHING

the details of the Challenge

Cut out of your life for 7 days one of the single-use plastics from the list below. Week 2 choose a second item. Week 3, a third item and so on.

  • Week 1: Bottles
  • Week 2: Takeaway containers
  • Week 3: Coffee / drink cups
  • Week 4: Plastic Bags at supermarket check-outs
  • Week 5: Cling Film
  • Week 6: Plastic Bags for vegetables and fruit shopping
  • Week 7: Plastic plates and cutlery
  • Week 8: Wet wipes / Disposable hankies
  • Week 9: Straws
  • Week 10: Freezer Bags / Zip Lock bags
  • Week 11: Cotton Buds
  • Week 12: Crisp / Sweet Packets / wrappers

when is the Watertree Planet-Safe Challenge?

The campaign will launch on Earth Day - 22 April 2020 - but you can start on any date following this.

how does it work?

Simply stop using a single-use plastic each week as outlined above.

Document your solution to living without single-use plastic and post it on social media using the tag #IDIDTHERIGHTTHING. Complete the challenge and share your success with us at The Watertree Project and we will send you an I DID THE RIGHT THING memento.

whom is the Challenge for:

Everyone is encouraged to take the Plasticee Challenge and to participate in our social media campaigns. Get your friends, family, teachers and neighbours to sign-up.