We love this!
Some coffee shops in Norway are hoping to solve the problem of loneliness. They've come up with a clever idea to supply ceramic mugs labeled 'Skravlekopp.' This translates roughly as 'chatterbox'. The idea is that you can choose to have your coffee served in a green Skravlekopp as a way of signalling to others nearby that you feel like chatting. Someone with a similar urge for companionship can sit down with you and you've suddenly got a friend, at least for a short while. We love this!
With a little help from our friends. We have absolutely amazing people in the crew - actually you are the crew - you, the people who constantly turn up to do a good deed for the planet with no other intentions than wanting to help this planet. You are the most kind hearted and amazing people and we are proud to know you all. We also believe that our local council wanted to show how awesome you all are because we have just received some gumboots and grabbers from them. It's a good day! Thank you all!
Do we need this?
We thought it was difficult to import food to Australia but we guess plastic wrapped food is easier because it's sealed. Do we need this?
The sea starts here. Lots of litter, particularly cigarette butts end up here. Cigarettes are the most littered item on earth. Worldwide, about 4.5 trillion cigarettes are littered each year. Cigarettes contain more than 7,000 chemicals, such as arsenic (used to kill rats) and formaldehyde (used to preserve dead animals, and humans, too). Littered cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals into the environment and can contaminate water. The toxic exposure can poison fish, as well as animals who eat cigarette butts. Cigarette filters may look like cotton, but 98 percent of cigarette filters are made of plastic fibers (cellulose acetate) that are tightly packed together, which leads to an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts winding up as toxic trash each year. Cigarettes don’t break down naturally, they can gradually decompose depending on environmental conditions like the rain and sun. Estimates on the time it takes vary, but a recent study found that a cigarette butt was only about 38 percent decomposed after two years.
Less plastic in a hospital
The next step in the sustainability journey at Gosford Private Hospital. Biodegradable sugar is cane kidney bowls to replace single use plastic ones.
Not only are they cheaper than plastic, water resistant for up to 24 hours and suitable for use with sharps, they can also be disposed of responsibly and will break down naturally. Another small but important step in the right direction. Eco Aid is the supplier.
They have injection trays, medicine cups, anaesthetic trays - in case any other hospitals or doctors would like to make a change for the better.
Children's Climate Strike and plastic!
The proliferation of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change and needs to be urgently halted. Plastic production is expanding worldwide and plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, from its production to its refining and the way it is managed as a waste product. This plastic binge threatens attempts to meet the Paris climate agreement. It means that by 2050 plastic will be responsible for up to 13% of the total “carbon budget” – equivalent to 615 coal-fired power plants – says research.
After the extraction of fossil fuels to produce plastic, the carbon footprint of a material which has become ubiquitous across the globe continues through the refining process, and on well past its useful life as a drinks bottle or plastic bag, through the way it is disposed of and the plastic afterlife. Disposable plastic found in packaging and fast-moving consumer goods forms the largest and fastest-growing segment of the plastic economy. That's why "Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew" supports today's climate strike and hope that soon the production of single-use, disposable plastic will end - for us, for the oceans and for the future.
Keep an eye out for these colourful buckets in the near future. Hopefully this concept will spread. "Leisure Coast Fruit & Deli" will be trialling these new reusable buckets over the next few weeks in replacement of plastic bags in an effort to reduce their environmental footprint.
Customers are still more than welcome to bring their own reusable checkout bags for the checkout staff to pack the groceries.
"Leisure Coast Fruit & Deli" have implemented several other waste management programs with their meat and deli products, green waste, loose plastic wrapping, recycling paper, cardboard and styrofoam; along with their solar panels that are up and running too.
"Our coast, our mission" found a blue tongued lizard while cleaning up a dumped bean bag. The lizard was quite distressed with a mouth and throat full of beans. They rushed him to the Southcoast Animal Hospital and are happy to share that he has since been released back to his home.
This is a firsthand account of how a careless attitude towards plastic use can affect those around us. We have seen it locally too, especially around Curl Curl lagoon and Freshwater beach.
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Full interview can be found here:
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"Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew" was founded to solve an immediate litter problem on the local beaches in Sydney. 5 years on, Malin from Kobie and the Crew are leading the campaign against single-use plastic in their communities and neighbourhoods. Thank you to @whatcanwedo.podcast for the interview.
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 PayPal and your bottles and cans will contribute to our cause: community engagement, litter reduction, good deeds and friendships.
If we continue to dump plastic as we have done to date, the quantity floating on the surface could quadruple by the year 2050, and up to 231.6 million tonnes will have polluted the ocean as microplastics.
The picture is better if we stop releasing any plastic into the ocean from 2020. In that scenario, the volume of floating plastic would drop to 59% of its current levels. But the quantity of microplastics in the ocean would still more than double by 2050 as material already trapped in the environment degrades.
The problem will be with us for decades, the researchers write:
“Mitigating microplastic pollution in the global ocean requires two major components: (1) drastically reducing emissions of plastic pollution in the coming years and (2) actively engaging in removal operations of plastic waste from the marine environment to reduce further generation of secondary microplastics.
“Without proper handling and management of accumulated plastic waste, the legacy of the last 70 years of throw-away society will live on through the generation of ever smaller synthetic polymer fragments in soils, freshwater ecosystems and eventually the ocean.”
By: Mark Bruer
Get a reusable cup!
Feel like some laughs and giggles? Join us on our next - you'll never know what you'll find!😂
Our clean ups are always the last Sunday of every month at 10am. For more details see our clean up tab.
Crocs and socks!
Let's all make sure we bring our reusable cup next time or take time to have a natural pause in life and sit down at the coffee shop and enjoy the service and view.
Thank you Mimosa PS!
The Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew would like to thank Oscar, his mum Nicole and his principal Fiona for giving us the opportunity to come and talk at a special assembly at their school. It was truly an honour to meet all of the students and we got "a little jump" in our hearts when we left, seeing some students already scanning the playground for litter.
We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Catherine and Deb who have been so incredibly kind and got some more gloves for us. We are truly humbled by the kindness of some people that go out of their way to help us because they belive in good deeds and saving the planet. This is exactly what the crew is about and this is also why we continuously reject all offers from businesses wanting to promote their products and agenda at our events. We're not in it for the money - we're doing it to get likeminded people together, build a community and a plastic free movement to help save our oceans and fragile local environment. The only income we have from the crew is the 10 cents bottles and containers that people donate to us so eventually we can get a proper trailer for us and all of you too. We love being part of the crew!
Wanna do a good deed for the planet and make new friends at the same time? Join us on the last Sunday of every month at 10am to clean up a beach or lagoon on Sydney's northern beaches. Crew members come in all ages, nationalities and abilities and they all have kind hearts!
The crew - what we do and why we do it. Each and every one of us can change the world - just one bit at a time!
Balloons as marketing
Roxy Jacenko, CEO at Sweaty Betty uses turtle killers to promote "fun" and sales. 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 some organisations like this so stubborn in regards to using balloons as "advertising fun?
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.”
Monet painting - modern version!