Plastic Free Challenge

A new challenge will take place in 2022.
Watch for more information online.

About the challenge

Although plastic is a versatile material with many uses, it is also concerning because it presents health risks, contributes to litter and pollution, and is challenging to dispose of. Some of the most common and problematic plastic items we deal with every day come in the form of packaging and single-use plastics.

From using reusables, skipping plastic straws, saying no to plastic bags, understanding your plastic footprint, avoiding plastic packaging, and much more. There are many simple changes you can make that will add up to a big impact.

Hennepin County’s Plastic-Free Challenge will help you learn more about plastics and plastic waste, commit to taking action and provide you support and resources along the way. The challenge has more than 60 actions to choose from in seven categories. Check off the actions you already take, then select up to five one-time actions and five daily actions to track your progress on during the four-week challenge. The online Plastic-Free Challenge is powered by Ecochallenge.

Baby steps to Plastic-Free
Top 3 Ways to Break Up With Plastic from

  • Eat real food, not food wrapped in plastic. Processed food, convenience food and to-go food almost always come in plastic wrappers and containers. Real food you cook yourself does not.
  • Refuse single-use plastic. Say no to plastic shopping bags; plastic straws and stir sticks; plastic utensils, plates and cups; and other disposable plastic items.
  • Ban the bottle. Stop buying water, soda, energy drinks, juice and other beverages packaged in plastic bottles.

Need supplies to go plastic-free in the grocery store? Use that old t-shirt to make a produce bag for grocery shopping. It's easy, it's fun and it's a great conversation piece in the produce section.