Only this week to go
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.
Are you saying no to plastic bags?
Come on NSW
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
More like this please
"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?
We're in trouble
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?
To our youngest crew members
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.
I don't need a bag, thank you!
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).
We feel that having free plastic bags next to the avocados like this really shows the wrong message. Avocados don't need to be put in a plastic bag! 🤦♀️
Can we get rid of these scoops out of ALL washing powder boxes? Most people probably throw them out with the empty boxes. Probably millions every year around the world. Why can't they be cardboard?
Cornwall, England-based Sharp’s Brewery, Mercury Music Prize nominated artist Nick Mulvey (a founding member of the band Portico Quartet), Keynvor and vinyl manufacturer Tangible Formats have teamed up to create the first record composed of recycled single-use plastic. Titled “In the Anthropocene,” the 10-inch record is made from plastics found along the coastline of Cornwall. Sales of the physical record proceeds from digital streams will benefit Surfers Against Sewage, a UK-based organization working to save British coastlines from pollution.
** Plastic Swap **
Plastic is used in almost every single daily activity. If you are looking to ditch plastic then pegs are a super easy swap! Choosing stainless steel pegs is not only better for our environment, as they are 100% recyclable but also stronger and cheaper in the long run.
This National Recycling Week, Officeworks is launching a new recycling program. They’re upgrading all their recycling collection points so you can now take your old batteries, pens, and markers to Officeworks stores Australia wide to be recycled. In addition to the new recycling initiative, Officeworks has a new recycling target of 90% of all waste generated across 2019/2020.
We're with you!
That's right! We're behind you Stephanie!
Great idea but high maintenance- would love if it could be implemented though. Thoughts?
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #litter #rubbish
Coles, Balgowlah 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.”
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #balloons #balloonsblow #plastic #plasticfree #plastickills #plasticpollutes #rubberjellyfish