Plastic Free July is a call to everyone to join us in saying "no thank you" to single-use plastic shopping bags, takeaway cups, drinking straws and other items that are contributing to the pollution crisis currently plaguing our oceans. 

This is not just about the environment, it is about preserving a beautiful, habitable world for future generations. Across the globe, young people are taking a stand to protect our planet - and the Two Oceans Aquarium would like to use this month to empower South African youths to create positive change for the betterment of all.

There's something for everyone at the Two Oceans Aquarium during Plastic Free July - take a look:

It’s up to all of us to rise up and meet the challenge of plastic pollution in the ocean. Change starts with each one of us.

Plastic Free schools challenge

The Two Oceans Aquarium is challenging all schools to get rid of plastic bags for good! Use this opportunity to become a plastic bag-free zone. We are here to guide you through the process.

Hayley McLellan, Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Campaigner and founder of #RethinkTheBag, is available and eager to present at your school about plastic problems and solutions. These talks are high energy, informative, inspirational and moving – and free of charge.

Here's how your school can join the challenge.

Trash Bash: Mouille Point

Plastic Free July is a time for everyone to reflect on their relationship with disposable and single-use plastic items - how much do you use, what impact does it have on the environment and what can you do to reduce or eliminate these items from your life? Mouille Point Beach is close to the Cape Town CBD and sees much of the day-to-day plastic litter we generate washing up on its shore.

Let's use this chance to clean up this beautiful beach  - together! We want YOU to join us on Mouille Point Beach on 27 July! 

Get the Trash Bash event details here.

From Home To Ocean: A forum theatre event

Be part of a truly unique, interactional theatre production - From Home To Ocean is a forum theatre event written by the multi-award winning stage director Clare Stopford. Forum theatre is an exciting intervention that lays out problems for the audience to solve. A cast of actors presents a scenario that is unresolved and the audience is then invited to participate by coming up with suggestions about what could be enacted differently, either through action, character or dialogue.

From Home To Ocean looks at how and why plastics enter the ocean, what makes it a huge problem, solutions that are already in circulation and most importantly, we open up the next level of problem-solving: what have we not yet thought of? What other ways are there of thinking about the problem?

Be part of the theatre!

International Plastic Bag Free Day

3 July 2019 is International Plastic Bag Free Day - part of a global initiative to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags. Here at the Aquarium, our own Rethink the Bag campaign is also doing just that!

July is a great time to join the Rethink the Bag campaign by:

  • Refusing single-use plastic bags
  • Making a pledge on our website
  • Asking all your friends and family to do the same!

Share your youth story

We love young people. After all, the future belongs to them. If your child, youth organisation or school has an empowering plastic-free living story you would like to share with us during Plastic Free July, simply tag us on social media and we'll share your story with the world!

Why all the fuss about plastic?

Estimates are that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean, by weight, than fish. From the tiniest organism to the largest ocean behemoths, plastic poses a threat to all organisms in the ocean. Over a million seabirds are killed each year due to plastic pollution and with over 51 trillion pieces of microplastics in the sea, microscopic plankton are feeding on plastic which causes the plastic to enter the food chain… Our food chain.

At the Two Oceans Aquarium, we experience the destruction caused by plastic pollution first-hand, and we want you to help us to be part of the solution.

Other events at the Aquarium during July:

After Dark: Luh'ra and Manny Walters on 31 July

Just because we are focusing on the environment doesn't mean we can have a bit of fun. Join Manny Walters and Luh'ra live in concert in Cape Town's most unique venue - the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Incredible music, amazing company and a sustainable setting - where better to experience Cape Town vibes during Plastic Free July?

Members only: Breakfast with the Curator on 27 July

"Breakfast with the Curator" is back! Sit down for breakfast in front of our beautiful exhibits with staff from the Aquarium's curatorial team. Enjoy an informal chat with Curator Maryke Musson about the inner workings of the Aquarium, while you treat yourself to a grand breakfast buffet prepared by Head Chef Lucio De Allende.

Seats are limited, book your place at the table early to avoid disappointment.

Not a member? Here's how you can sign up.

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