First there was the coffee bean, then the instant coffee jar, and then expensive coffee shop drinks on the go.
In the past decade or more coffee drinkers worldwide have adopted a new method of getting their daily jolt of caffeine - the coffee capsule machine. Coffee pods are one of the best examples of unnecessary single-use plastics that are polluting our planet. Many end up getting incinerated, dumping poison into our air, water and our soil. If you drink pods, buy pods that can be composted and compost them or use ground beans and compost them. The sad truth is that nearly nothing in landfills breaks down: coffee grounds, compostable materials, paper, plastic, nothing. Please check your pods and don't buy the greenwash.
When buying compostable pods, look for these signs:
1. Australian certified compostable (the EU certifications are not accepted here).
2. Look for a clear returns program.
3. Look at the product - if the lid looks shiny and like aluminium, it is not compostable.
4. Beware of the word "biodegradable" — it's often used as a green washing mechanism. Especially the term "oxo-biodegradable", this means it is essentially plastic.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #coffee #coffeepod #plasticfree #plastic
This can be avoided
Laziness photographed. Despite what many people claim, we still see lots of bottles and cans not being recycled as well as single-use coffee cups - why not bring your own cup?
Pic at Wynyard station today.
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In February, Coca-Cola announced it will make at least 25% of its packaging reusable by 2030. But in their just-released 2021 Business and Environmental, Social, and Governance report, Coke actually increased the amount of single-use plastic bottles produced by *13 BILLION* in 2021.
Here's their number of bottles produced each year-
2018: 117 billion
2019: 120 billion
2020: 112 billion
2021: 125 billion
#Greenpeace #plastic #plasticfree #northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #Coca-Cola #saynotoplastic
We found this in Narrabeen Lagoon on our last clean up. America's Cup 1987 it says on it. It's been in the lagoon for a while.
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Plastic bag ban in NSW
Anyone else confused? Photo taken on the 19th of June at K-Mart, Warringah Mall. Single-use plastic lightweight plastic bags were banned from 1 June 2022 following laws passed by the NSW Government six months ago. Businesses in NSW are no longer be able to give customers lightweight plastic bags from 1 June or to have them in stock.
What is being banned?
Plastic bags banned from 1 June:
lightweight plastic bags of 35 microns or less (including compostable and bioplastic alternatives)
Plastics bags not banned from 1 June include:
thicker plastic bags over 35 microns (such as bags at some supermarkets and boutique stores)
barrier bags such as produce and deli bags, bin liners, compost caddy liners, nappy bags and pet-waste bags
To help retailers adjust to the change, the NSW Government has partnered with the National Retail Association to run an education campaign for small businesses across NSW showing how they can phase out and replace single-use plastics. Retailers, suppliers, community groups and not-for-profit organisations can contact the National Retail Association for advice on the NSW ban on 1800 844 946 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #banthebag #nbcuc #plastic #plasticbag
If it works in Sweden, why can't it work in Australia?
In Sweden strawberries are sold in paper boxes with no lid.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #nbcuc #strawberries #Sweden #plastic #plasticfree