Look at this picture and continue to tell the world how the plastic bag ban inconveniences you.
- Nat Geo
If Rwanda could do it more than ten years ago, why can't other countries do it?
Fines for dropping a cigarette butt in the ACT will increase dramatically from $60 to $500 while littering a coffee cup will incur a $150 fine under the ACT Government’s rigorous new littering laws.
Under the new laws that were passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, small-items littering, such as tickets or food wrappings, will incur a $150 fine instead of $60.
A framework was also introduced for escalating offences, where penalties increase according to the volume, mass or nature of litter dumped. Dumping under 10 litres of litter will attract a $500 fine, 10 to 200 litres will attract a $1,000 fine, while 200 to 1000 litres will incur a $1,500 fine.
Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter on the planet, and have a significant impact on the environment, releasing toxic chemicals and microplastics. With a hotter and drier climate, cigarettes present a real fire risk to our bush capital, with 13 per cent of grass fires in the ACT started by cigarettes.
The ACT Government currently spends $3 million a year cleaning, with Access Canberra receiving 1,178 reports of illegal dumping during the first seven months of 2019.
This is what was pooed out by a Magpie in Native ARC Inc. hospital this week. The bird was emaciated, lethargic and extremely unwell. After tlc and fluids the bird was able to pass the object. Upon inspection the item was a mix of balloon, plastic and rubber band. This is a great example of why balloons and plastic should never be 'released' and why we all need to take care in how we dispose of waste. The bird is recovering well but is one of the lucky few that made it to medical care. It is estimated millions of birds die each year as a result of plastic ingestion. #northernbeachescleanupcrew #balloonsblow #balloons
Who recorgnise themselves? 😂
Most Single-use Tampons and pads are made of bleached cotton, plastic, harmful fragrances that pollute our bodies as much as they pollute the environment they end up in. They also don’t break down for many hundreds of years.
Luckily we have plastic-free options. There is a medical grade silicone moon cup that you fold, put inside, it collects blood and then you dump the blood in the toilet. You can also wear reusable washable ultra absorbent zero smelling menstrual underwear that come in all sizes, colours and shapes.
A picture that speaks
Sometimes, the picture just says it all.
Today is World Food Day! 🌏
A staggering 7 million tonnes of food is wasted in Australia each year - which to give it context, would look a little like this if dumped into Sydney Harbour.
Great job kids!
How good is this? A Rockhampton primary school has collected almost 400k plastic bottle caps, which will be turned into prosthetic limbs. ❤️
Students have been collecting the lids over the past term and will send them to a company that melts the plastic and turns them into prosthetics for people injured in war. One student said it took about 500 plastic lids to make a hand.
"Our first goal was 10,000 bottle tops and then we smashed that by week one, and then we set a new goal of 50,000 and we smashed that by week four, and we set a new goal of 250,000 and we beat that by the end of term three."
Awesome job kids! 🙌
Plastic in the oceans
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center of Boca Raton posted a photo on its Facebook page earlier this week showing a baby turtle that had eaten 104 pieces of plastic and tragically passed away.
In the picture, the small chunks of plastic are lined up next to the turtle, everything from balloons to bottle labels. Gumbo Limbo said this time of year is known as "washback" season, where turtle hatchlings that made it out to the Gulf Stream are now starting to wash back up along our coast.
The nature center said 100 percent of washback turtles that have plastic in their intestinal tracts don't survive. "It is safe to assume they each have plastic inside of them," said Whitney Crowder, the rehabilitation coordinator at Gumbo Limbo. Crowder said they've seen 121 washbacks this season, and dozens have died.
"Every single one that we have necropsied has had plastic in their system," said Crowder.
Nestlé is a company with a lot of controversy in regards breaking many ethical choices such as destroying forests and disregarding human rights but in this case they have managed to do a step in a positive direction. All positive steps needs to be encouraged - it's the only way we can create changes.
Most of the bottled water you buy is just glorified tap water. There are a few brands whose water really comes from springs and mountain streams, but most are just tap water that’s been purified.
Make the switch!
If we all switched to reusable coffee cups, we would divert 500 billion takeaway coffee cups from landfill every year.
Everyone can be a hero
Everyone can be a hero! 🦸🏻♀️
Return and Earn
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.
One year in water
Did you know 38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day, and more than 16m end up in landfill 🌎
More of these signs please
Bottled water drinkers are drinking plastic. A 2018 study released by Orb Media estimated that on average, a liter of bottled water from big brands like Dasani, Aquafina, and Nestle, contains roughly 10.4 plastic particles.
Can we see more of these signs please? This photo is from the U.K.
Does this look like a bin?
Litter (noun, verb): Litter consists of waste products that have been disposed of improperly, without consent, at an undesirable location. Litter can also be used as a verb. To litter means to drop and leave objects, often man-made, such as aluminum cans, cardboard boxes or plastic bottles on the ground, and leave them there indefinitely or for others to dispose of as opposed to disposing of them properly.
More of these please
How cool are these? If only every motel would use these bulk, refillable packs instead of having single use, mini toiletries.
No plastic cutlery
Sally made her own cutlery bag. You can do it too. No need to buy a cutlery set in a fancy box. You got all you need at home already.
This is what remains of a single-use disposable coffee cup after the cardboard degrades when it ends up in the ocean. The plastic lining can easily be mistaken as a jellyfish by a turtle and can cause intestinal blockages and results in a slow painful death through starvation.
Listen to the sound of the ocean
Tea bags and plastic
McGill University chemical engineering professor Nathalie Tufenkji decided to test tea bags after she was given one in a Montreal cafe that looked like it was made from plastic.
She asked her graduate student Laura Hernandez to purchase several tea bag brands from Montreal stores. The scientists then tested them to see if they left any plastic particles behind. The results, published in Environmental Science and Technology Wednesday, far surpassed the researchers' expectations.
"We were shocked when we saw billions of particles in a single cup of tea," Tufenkji told CBC News. In total, the researchers found that steeping a plastic tea bag at 95 degrees Celsius released around 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into a single cup. That's much more than other foods and beverages commonly contaminated with plastics, Tufenkji told New Scientist. "We think that it is a lot when compared to other foods that contain microplastics," she said. "Table salt, which has a relatively high microplastic content, has been reported to contain approximately 0.005 micrograms plastic per gram salt. A cup of tea contains thousands of times greater mass of plastic, at 16 micrograms per cup."
Who thought about this?