Plastic - everyday killer and destroyer of wildlife. This turtle was not lucky enough to get help in time. Plastic is everywhere. Did you know that "No-one in their daily life within a period of 10 minutes isn't touching something that is made of plastic"?
The rate at which plastic breaks down depends upon the conditions and the type of plastic. It breaks down faster if exposed to physical abrasion and sunlight. Then there's a lot to do with how thick the plastic is, how dense the plastic is, and does it have UV stabilisers. But even if that bag breaks down over the course of six months or a year, it might well have had a lot of environmental impact before that. It is really hard to quantify just how much plastic is in the ocean, but the latest figures estimate there are up to 51 trillion particles or 236,000 tonnes.
That says around 40 times the plastic that's in the ocean is going in every year. So there's a whole bunch that has to be going somewhere else. There are two types of plastics that float: polyethelene, which is used to make milk jugs and plastic bags, and polypropolene, which is used for things like bottle caps, straws and dairy containers. As they travel out to sea plastics get ground down into small, hard cubes, which can be eaten by marine animals.
Animals get wrapped up in monofilament fishing line nets, plastic bags, balloons, and straps. A research has estimated that between 5,000 and 15,000 sea turtles are entangled each year by derelict fishing gear washing ashore in northern Australia alone.Anything that is long or flexible or sheet-like is the worst.
The second biggest issue is the impact of eating plastic — it is estimated around 90 per cent of seabirds are doing so. These plastics can cause blockages of the gut or perforation of the intestines.
What plastic habits can you change today?
1. Buy vegetables not wrapped in plastic bags or in plastic containers?
2. Bring your own fabric or cloth bag when you do shopping?
3. Say no to plastic straws?
4. Sit down in the coffee shop instead of getting a takeaway coffee?
5. Refuse balloons?
6. Say no to soyfish sauce containers?
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Cardboard tomato punnets are introduced to Perth supermarkets.
The design and material are understood to be the first of their kind in Australia. The real challenge was to create a sturdy cardboard punnet that performed as well, if not better, than the plastic clamshell design.
Image Source: Georgia Hargreaves / ABC Pilbara
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This picture is from Bel & Israel’s travels around Australia. It’s shows the contents from one of the sea turtles who was recovering from ingesting this plastic.
There are some ways that we can all make a difference to the rubbish we produce and therefore impact the volume of rubbish that ends up in our environment and potentially affecting our wildlife. The first thing to consider is "Never buy the single-use-plastic items in the first place." Australia is one of the highest producers of waste per head of population in the world
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You can find single-use-plastic raincoats for less than $1 online. You often see them for sale at concerts or other outdoor events and when it's time to leave, they're littered on the ground in masses. They are marketed as "a disposable raincoat, lightweight and convenient to use. One size fits all. A must for sudden rain, sports/music events, travel, camping, walking, concerts, outdoor events etc. Can be folded to be a very small size, easily stored."
What are your thoughts on these raincoats? Personally, we think it's pretty easy to bring a reusable rain coat with you. We hope that your event will never sell or provide these at your events.
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This is what K-Mart's loading dock looks like at Warriewood. No care for animals or nature. Rubbish and plastic littered and left for animals to eat and drag to the nearby wetlands.
Yet, it states the following on K-Mart's website: "As a large retailer we take our responsibility very seriously to care for and respect our planet and all the lives that we touch." (*https://www.kmart.com.au/bettertogether/)
Warriewood Wetlands the largest remaining sand plain wetland in the northern Sydney area. It provides a variety of habitats for native animals and also plays a vital role in flood mitigation, nutrient recycling and filtering sediments. The wetlands contain several Endangered Ecological Communities.
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Did you know that by throwing your used batteries into your kerbside bins these not only contaminate our environment but can also cause rubbish truck & tip fires? Did you know that the insides of batteries are a valuable resource that are infinite and can be recycled?
A national recycling scheme ‘B-cycle’ is now in action to make it easier for Australians to dispose of their old batteries in a safe way with the introduction of recycling bins at your local Woolworths, Coles, Bunnings, Officeworks and ALDI stores!
B-cycle estimates that Australians buy enough batteries every year to circle our planet 2.3 times This is an enormous amount of batteries in Australia going to waste
So start collecting your used batteries in a seperate container at home, work, school and drop off to your local battery recycling bin. By making a little extra effort to recycle batteries the right way you are doing your bit for our planet
For more information including drop off locations visit the B cycle website here
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Hello everyone, the current state along our beaches is extremely sad. I spent three hours at South Curl Curl yesterday cleaning up with my friend Em and trying to rescue an entangled seagull (We're both also trained volunteers with Seabird and Turtle Rescue). The beach was pretty clean when we left yesterday but we were unsuccessful catching the seagull. If you see it, please call Australian Seabird and Turtle Rescue on 0438862676 and we'll try again. Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew has received many pictures of our polluted beaches and as much as we want to be able to be everywhere and clean up everywhere, it's not possible. Right now Collins Beach in Manly needs a lot of help as well as Queenscliff that has a massive Styrofoam problem. So, consider South Curl Curl currently "ticked off", except the entangled seagull and let's focus on other areas. If you and your friends want to help clean up this current mess, please send us a message with your location/pictures and meeting time and we'll share it with our followers to increase more awareness and hopefully get more people heading out to help. When you pick up Styrofoam, please make sure that the bag is tightly closed when you dispose of it, so those nasty little balls won't escape again. I also just also want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who helps cleaning up this mess. We're all in this together and we're all part of the crew.
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Small hallway floor made interesting. Wood from pallets planed twice, nailed in place, sanded, stained, sanded, stained again. Floor by Selga Apse.
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Does this look like a bin? (We think a lot of people may need glasses to be able to see the real bins around). It is estimated Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. That's approximately 2,700,000 paper coffee cups thrown out every day!
Out of these it is estimated 50,000 disposable coffee cups (and their lids) find their way into landfill every 30mins! If that needless waste frustrates you like it does us, you can make a difference (and encourage others) simply by BYO coffee cup. Together we can all be part of the solution!
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #takeawaycoffee #plastic #plasticfree #takeaway #keepcup #bethechange
Does this look like a bin? (We think a lot of people may need glasses to be able to see the real bins around).
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #masks #plastic #plasticfree #litter #tree #bethechange #nbcuc #doesthislooklikeabin
In coastal regions, storms are often powerful and accompanied by deluges of water that rush down hill into storm drains, ravines, streams and rivers, and ultimately to the sea. That water picks up much of the largely forgotten bottles, cans, and other litter that lies along curbs, under trees, in parks, and even in unsecured bins. It carries the debris into the waterways where it tangles in the bush alongside the stream bed or gets caught around rocks and bridge abutments, and eventually, forced by the currents, finds its way onto beaches and into marshes and other areas.
Plastic does not break down and go away in the ocean—it simply disintegrates into smaller and smaller parts, disrupting feeding and reproductive systems of ever-smaller animals and plants in the sea. Preventing plastics and other pollution from reaching the ocean should be our priority. We can pick up rubbish every day for the rest of our lives - producers and people's habits and attitudes to single use plastic must change. If your bathroom sink is overflowing, you don’t reach for the mop to soak up the overflow, you turn off the tap. That's is what we must do in regards to single use plastic. Meanwhile, please help us out with cleaning up the beach or other local area where you live.
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Microplastic pollution has been detected in human blood for the first time, with scientists finding the tiny particles in almost 80% of the people tested.
The discovery shows the particles can travel around the body and may lodge in organs. The impact on health is as yet unknown. But researchers are concerned as microplastics cause damage to human cells in the laboratory and air pollution particles are already known to enter the body and cause millions of early deaths a yearThe scientists analysed blood samples from 22 anonymous donors, all healthy adults and found plastic particles in 17. Half the samples contained PET plastic, which is commonly used in drinks bottles, while a third contained polystyrene, used for packaging food and other products. A quarter of the blood samples contained polyethylene, from which plastic carrier bags are made.
“Our study is the first indication that we have polymer particles in our blood – it’s a breakthrough result,” said Prof Dick Vethaak, an ecotoxicologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. “But we have to extend the research and increase the sample sizes, the number of polymers assessed, etc.” Further studies by a number of groups are already under way, he said. It is certainly reasonable to be concerned,” Vethaak told the Guardian. “The particles are there and are transported throughout the body.” He said previous work had shown that microplastics were 10 times higher in the faeces of babies compared with adults and that babies fed with plastic bottles are swallowing millions of microplastic particles a day. Read more here: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/environment-international
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And people call them paper cups...
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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead ~
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This truly breaks our hearts. Queenscliff Surf Life Saving club that is located meters from the beach and in close proximity to the aquatic reserve "Cabbage Tree Bay", celebrated the "State Nipper Team dinner" with lots of balloons.
Neighbouring, Manly Life Saving Club has a strict NO BALLOON POLICY. As stated on their website: "Due to MLSC’s close proximity to a sensitive marine environment, The Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, the Club has in place a no balloon policy. Manly LSC may refuse the return of bond/cleaning fees if parties are found to be using balloons within their function."
Can we get Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club to implement the same policy? Actually can we get all Surf Lifesaving clubs in our council area to lead the way to a "no balloon policy"? If you would like to see our local surf lifesaving clubs to lead the way, please sign our petition here: https://www.change.org/BalloonPolicySLS
Balloons are in the top three most harmful waste items to wildlife. Birds and turtles not only ingest balloons, they actively select them as food. This is because a burst balloon often resembles a jellyfish, the natural food sources of many marine species like turtles.
Ingesting balloons, and the clips and strings attached to them, can cause intestinal blockages and results in a slow painful death through starvation. Marine animals don’t have the gastrointestinal pH levels to breakdown a balloon and for turtles, it may also cause floating syndrome. Trapped gases in the gut can cause a turtle to become buoyant, unable to dive for food—making them vulnerable to boat strikes and leading to starvation and severe dehydration.
Wildlife, both terrestrial and marine, can also become entangled in balloon ribbons or strings, causing injury or death through drowning, suffocation, or an inability to feed and avoid predators.
Even if balloons are disposed of "safely" they go to landfill where it may take up to 1,000 years to decompose, leaching potentially toxic substances into the soil and water. Why are Surf clubs using balloons to celebrate?
Even if these balloons are biodegradable, it's greenwash. Natural latex may be biodegradable, but after adding chemicals, plasticizers and artificial dyes, how natural could it be? It may degrade after several years, but it’s surely not “biodegradable.”
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #balloons #balloonsblow #plastic #plasticfree #beachcleanup #trashtag #litter #turtle #oceans #animals #animalrights #queenscliff #surflifesaving
Can we please be decent humans and follow the same basic rules we expect four year olds to understand? Plllllllease.
Leave places better than how you found them. At the very least, don’t leave them worse than you found them. Respect retail workers more than this.
Full offense, but nobody wants to run across your old takeaway latte while they’re shopping for clothes. They just don’t. You’re fully-formed adults. We promise, you can find a bin. I promise.
You can do it.
We believe in you.
We're cheering you on.
The world kinda needs us all to step up right now. It needs us to be kind, and compassionate and thoughtful. It needs some teamwork. It needs more care and less…well, less of this.
You can do it.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #litter #takeaway #takeawaycoffee #shopping #respect #coffee #keepcup #youcandoit
Someone created these faces from empty toilet tissue tubes!
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We haven't fact checked this, but we love the idea no matter what.
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