Warning: Potentially distressing image below.
This penguin was found near Dromana Pier by a resident collecting rubbish along the beach. 4 balloons are attached with string that became entangled around the penguins leg. An entanglement such as this would impair the penguins swimming ability, resulting in starvation or drowning.
Both the ribbon and balloons are to blame for this death. These were someones balloons. Was it worth it?
Please. We urge you. Blow bubbles not balloons. Thanks to Josie Jones for sharing this story and doing her part for the environment.
Styrofoam balls heading from Undercliff road towards Freshwater Beach. Thousands and thousands of these balls are found at the southern end of Freshie beach. We tried to clean up as many as we could last month but it's "Mission Impossible" to get them all. Are these balls coming from discarded bean bags, commercial packaging or ?
Styrofoam is to made from polystyrene and it's non-biodegradable and appears to last forever. It’s resistant to photolysis, or the breaking down of materials by photons originating from light. This, combined with the fact that Styrofoam floats, means that large amounts of polystyrene have accumulated along coastlines and waterways around the world. It is considered a main component of marine debris and it's often mistaken as food by animals.
Northern Beaches Council, we really need your help here. This is a big problem for our pristine beaches and fragile marine life.
Pic by: Mathew Baker
Malaysia says no...
The Malaysian government will send back up to 100 tonnes of Australian plastic waste because it was too contaminated to recycle, but will not yet name the companies responsible. On Tuesday, Malaysia’s environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, announced that 3,000 tonnes of waste, sent from around the world, would be returned because it was either rotting, contaminated, or had been falsely labelled and smuggled in.
Recycling sent from Australia, Yeo said, included plastic bottles that were “full of maggots”. Yeo said Malaysia had become a “dumping ground” for rubbish that was harming its environment. Up to 60 containers of subpar recycling would be returned to their country of origin “without mercy”, she said. Some were so contaminated they could not be recycled, while others had been illegally shipped in, or mislabelled.
“Malaysia will not be the dumping ground of the world,” Yeo said. “We will fight back. Even though we are a small country, we can’t be bullied by
Have you swapped yet?
In a 2012 study from the University of Queensland, Balloons were identified as being disproportionately consumed by sea turtles based on commonality of balloons as litter on Queensland beaches. In other words, the study found that sea turtles specifically target balloons. In fact, of all rubber items found inside of deceased sea turtles, 78% were balloons or balloon fragments. They concluded that sea turtles were consuming balloons to such a large degree due to their similarity in appearance to jellyfish which is a prey all sea turtles eat.
Ingestion of balloons and plastic can cause ‘float syndrome’ in sea turtles – a painful and often lethal condition where gasses form in the digestive tract around the consumed garbage. This causes the animal to float, making them vulnerable to boat strike, shark predation, accumulation of barnacles, sunburn, and unable to dive down for food or protection. Many ultimately die a slow death by starvation.
“Biodegradable” balloons is just a marketing gimmick to get people to buy the product. 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.”
Another claim is that so-called “biodegradable” latex balloons take the same amount of time to decompose as an oak leaf does. This is very misleading; oak leaves are very durable and can take four years to decompose! That means the balloons have plenty of time to injure or kill.
Seabirds and plastic
90% of the world’s seabirds are estimated to have plastic in their stomach. This could reach 99% by 2050 if we don’t take action. What single use plastic habits can you change?
1. Say no to takeaway coffee in single use plastic cups.
2. Say no to single use plastic bags when shopping.
3. Say no to buying fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic.
4. Say no to water in single use plastic bottles.
5. Share this post and ask what habits your friends can change.
Pic by Chris Jordan at Midway islands atolls
Old bag found intact
Well, this is pretty shocking!❗
This plastic bag, possibly 30 years old, was recently found in mangroves in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Wynnum.
There can be quite unexpected dire consequences when people litter. Even compostable plastic bags wouldn't have helped in this situation. Paper bags are a good option. And of course, just using a bin would haves prevented this.
World's deepest ocean
An American explorer has found plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive. Victor Vescovo descended nearly 11km (seven miles) to the deepest place in the ocean - the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. He spent four hours exploring the bottom of the trench in his submersible, built to withstand the immense pressure of the deep. He found sea creatures, but also found a plastic bag and sweet wrappers.
Zero waste kitchen
The kitchen is one room in the home that can contain a host of reusable items... is there anything you would add to this list?
Can I swear?
So here it is...after peeled oranges we now have peeled cooking bananas (plantains). Four of them sealed in plastic. Can we swear? Are we allowed to swear? Will I offend people if I swear?
Travelers to Tanzania will no longer be allowed to bring plastic carrier bags into the country as of June 1, according to a government statement. Authorities will set up a check-in area at points of entry to confiscate plastic bags, the announcement notes, and the only exceptions made will be for Ziploc bags used to carry personal items.
“All plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness, will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied, and used in mainland Tanzania,” January Makamba, the country’s environment minister, posted in a statement on Twitter.
Who needs this?
Who needs this? Are people now so lazy and time consumed that they don't even have time to drain the liquid from the tins of beans?
Good news coming from our local co-op. They are working towards real zero waste milk. To date the organic milk from Country Valley has been delivered in 10l plastic bags which they then decant into their containers. This was a great first step towards less packaging, but Manly Co-Op thought they can do better. Thanks to the collaboration with Country Valley they have now started to exchange containers that are re-filled and delivered back to co-op. Manly Co-Op are experimenting with the type of container, so it might still take a few more weeks until they've have found the best solution for both sides. Stay tuned for an update soon!
Please everyone, especially anglers, be mindful of how debris impacts wildlife. Bin it or take it back with you please.
Pic by: Pelican and Seabird Rescue Inc.
Look, no plastic top
Maybe we're late to discover this but it's the first time we've seen nail polish with no plastic lid. Discovered these gems at Manly Health Foods. The brand is cruelty free and vegan too.
Plastic free pods
The first ever stainless steel refillable coffee capsule for Aldi/Caffitaly machines has opened pre-orders. It’s a world first and a huge step forward to eliminate all the plastic pods currently going to landfill. Not everyone uses a pod machine, but there are millions of them in use around Australia and they’re creating well over 3,000,000 disposed coffee capsules per day. It’s huge.
If you know someone who uses an Aldi or a Caffitaly machine, or you use one yourself, you may be interested in switching to a lifetime pod. There’s no plastic at all, and it’s made by an Australian company. The website is www.podstar.com.au
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew tackles Styrofoam problems at Freshwater Beach in April 2018. We picked up 1664 plastic straws, 212 plastic lids, 82 plastic super market bags, 84 drink bottles, 854 plastic food wraps, 96 pieces of hard plastic, 612 pieces of plastic remnants, 181 random plastic bits, thousands of Styrofoam balls, 214 beer bottles, 477 pieces of broken glass, 106 aluminium cans, 198 metal lids, 32 balloons or pieces of balloons, 19 thongs, 1 table and 1 broken dinosaur suit and much more. A massive thank you to everyone!
It should be expensive
$0.84 is a very small price to pay for destroying the environment and killing animals. Pre-cut fruit with a plastic fork in a plastic container. We wish laziness would be more expensive than this!
Baby dolphin killed by plastic
A baby dolphin was found stranded on a Florida beach but despite efforts to help the creature, biologists decided it was already too late to save the animal. The rough-toothed dolphin looked emaciated when it was found on the shore of Fort Myers Beach on April 23. Rescue workers tried to save the calf but it was in such poor condition, they decided to euthanize it. It turns out the marine mammal consumed objects that may have contributed to its death. Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation's (FFWC), who conducted necropsy of the creature, found two plastic bags and a piece of balloon in the dolphin's stomach.
The preliminary findings nonetheless underscore current problems with plastic waste. Plastic in the ocean pose risk to cetaceans and marine life. Direct health impacts include dietary dilution, gut blockage, starvation, laceration, ulceration, and secondary infection.
Aimee Tollan cycled 1 mile to the library in London today. Look at this mess left behind by the London Marathon.She stopped to speak to a road sweeper who told her all the kerbside litter will go into landfill. The only recycling was from the drink/water stations. She watched him sweep mixed litter into bags. Seriously wrong. Zoom in on the bus lane pic and see how far up the road they go just in this section. Thank you lovely Aimee for your pics and for getting off your bike to find out what’s going on. London Marathon used 700,000 plastic bottles and 200,000 edible seaweed pods.