We just want to say a massive THANK YOU to all legends who had a stall at Manly Ocean Festival yesterday, to all legends who bought a reusable product, to all legends who stopped for a friendly chat, to everyone who clean up beaches and to all legends that volunteered their time believing in a good cause and healthier oceans. THANK YOU.
Crew members come in all sizes, cultural backgrounds and ages and they all got kind hearts. Please join us for one of our clean ups. They're always the last Sunday of every month at 10am. Make a good deed for the planet and make new friends at the same time.
This week the first batch of the brand new reverse vending solutions emerged from Tomra's production facility, ready to hit supermarkets and redemption centers for recyclers keen to empty an entire bag of drink containers in seconds. Hopefully we'll see them in Australia soon too.
Tired of seeing pictures like these? Do you want a national ban on releasing helium balloons? Let the government know: https://www.aph.gov.au/petition_list?id=EN1175
We love this. Hopefully it will be filled with reusable cups next time too.
We would love your support so we can buy some more pickers and gumboots and hopefully one day a trailer. If you'd like to support us scan this barcode at the "Return & Earn" machines and click PayOut and your bottles and cans will contribute to our cause: community engagement, litter reduction, good deeds and friendships. We also have a fundraiser - see our other tab.
A disgruntled Coles shopper has lambasted the supermarket over excessive packaging on her latest online order, branding it a “blatant disregard” for the planet. The customer, from Canberra, took to the supermarket giant’s Facebook page to express her discontent over the amount of fruit and vegetable bags used to package her fresh produce, despite requesting to have no bags.
“Having one onion or one lemon in a plastic bag is really not necessary and makes me quite furious about the waste and blatant disregard for the climate,” she said.
However a Coles spokesperson responded to the customer’s post online, saying it wasn’t possible to omit plastic fruit and vegetable bags for “health and safety reasons”.
“We can advise that plastic bags are essential to keep your items together during the shopping process, and are necessary for health and safety reasons with some products,” the spokesperson said.
PLEASE SHARE. If you would like to help support us, please get a meal at Grill'd in Dee Why this November and put the token in the jar with our name on it. We're saving to buy a proper trailer for the crew to help not only all crew members but also this planet. If you don't like burgers we also got a fundraiser here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ts762-northern-beaches-clean-up-crew
Pros and Cons of shirts made from different material.
Recycled Plastic & Polyester:
-Uses less water and can be considered as more environmentally friendly to produce.
-Whenever it’s washed, it releases micro plastics into the environment.
-Cheap to make.
-Lasts for centuries (doesn’t decompose).
-Burns/melts/is more flammable, releases toxic fumes.
-Takes a ton of water to produce and production can be harmful for the environment (worsens soil quality, labor intensive, uses insane amounts of water).
-Degrades over time (decomposes).
-More expensive to produce.
-Less flammable than petroleum/plastic based items.
Maybe we should all just go naked. 🙈
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #plasticfree
A recent audit on plastic trash around the world concluded that Coca-Cola was the largest plastic polluter. The audit, conducted by Break Free From Plastic, consisted of 84 cleanup events across 50 countries and six continents. In total, 72,000 volunteers combed through beaches, city streets, waterways and their neighborhoods picking up pieces of plastic. The organization’s volunteers collected a total of over 475,000 pieces of plastic waste around the world. Of the plastic collected, the No. 1 brand was from Coca-Cola, with 11,732 items collected.
As you can see from the figure below, the second was Nestle and the third PepsiCo. The purpose of the cleanup event was twofold, both to help clean up public places of plastic pollution but also to identify which companies are responsible for the majority of plastic pollution in our environment.
While there are ongoing efforts to increase recycling rates, global studies have found that more than a million plastic bottles are bought per minute and 91% of them are not recycled.
We welcome the NSW Environment Minister’s recent announcement that he will develop a wide-ranging plastic waste reduction strategy, but the government must move quickly because we are now the only state in the country yet to #banthebag.
A 2016 EPA review estimated that NSW still consumes 2 billion plastic bags each year, only 14% of which are recycled.
The major supermarkets’ self-imposed ban has seen this number reduced, but every bag produced adds to the 580,000 pieces of plastic found in every square kilometre of ocean.
Turtles, dolphins and whales die of intestinal blockage when they mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. What we will lose in trivial convenience will pale in comparison to the price our planet and oceans have had to pay.
Now that Victoria have joined the likes of Bangladesh, the UK and 127 countries worldwide who have banned the bag, New South Wales must be the next.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #banthebag #plastic
This dolphin died because someone was too lazy to cut the ring from their bottle.
Pic: unknown as well as location
"City Farm Nursery" has taken a great step (not always well received) in the war against plastic. Since they have added the coffee machine to their tiny community nursery they have not bought any takeaway cups. It has been close to 6 months. We're so happy to see other cafes have taken this step as well.
Soyfish - probably the most common fish in the ocean today. We haven't done a beach clean up without finding hundreds of these. Why is is such a common practice for sushi shops to give you these single use silly little plastic fish instead of asking if you want some soy sauce on your sushi poured from a glass bottle?
Sad truth ... 😔
... but sense of humour might help spread the word... 😉
Rockit apples that Woolies sell have had a "facelift" - less plastic, but do we really need to buy four apples packed like this?
We love all our small friends with big hearts that join the crew every month. Our clean ups are always the last Sunday of every month at 10am. See our clean ups tab for all details.
Woolworths shoppers will be able to reduce waste by bringing their own containers to take home seafood, meat, and deli items. The company has revealed it is planning to trial an option for customers to provide their own packaging to cut back on disposable plastic.
The food retailer now plans to ask its staff to clean supplied containers before customers are given their orders, the Herald Sun reports.
Swab tests are being conducted to check the efficiency of the cleaning procedures.
Woolworths said they hope to get the trial 'up and running soon' and that they are working with local councils to ensure the 'proposed processes meet or exceed their regulations'.
Woolworths government relations manager Paul Crossley said the 'biggest challenge' would be preventing customers from overcharging because of the container's additional weight. He also said the company wanted to guarantee the system would comply with health and safety laws before it is rolled out.
A Woolworths spokesman said they are 'always looking for ways to run our stores more sustainably'. 'We understand the growing concerns from many of our customers about reducing plastics in our stores and we’re working hard to do just that,' a statement on their website reads. 'Our plan to tackle the plastic problem is focused on eliminating plastic where possible and to work towards ‘closing the loop’ by encouraging recycling through design, technology and clear communication to our customers'.
They have also partnered global zero-waste shopping provider Loop which sells products such as juice, ice cream and shampoo in reusable containers.
From 2021, shoppers will be able to purchase items in environmentally-friendly packaging which is delivered to their door, then picked up once it is empty to be cleaned and reused.
Woolworths has reduced plastic packaging of fruit and vegetables by 500 tonnes over two years. The change follows the supermarket giant's ban on single-use plastic bags in June 2018. Six months later they stopped selling plastic straws in their stores.
Remember that suggestion we made a few months ago about placing strong images on single-use plastic items like this was done years ago on cigarette packets?
Well, it could be reality sooner than we expected! We are still convinced that this would help, and you? 😉
Photo credit: unknown
Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to recycle the material, a report has warned at the World Economic Forum (WEF).