Just buy what you need
If we stop buying crap, they'll stop making crap! Overconsumption is pushing our planet to its limits, and reducing the amount of stuff we buy is one seriously effective trick! Before replacing something that's broken, can you upcycle it into something new? Remember, recycling is the LAST step when it comes to protecting the environment. Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and in that order!
A great listen about plastic
Wendy Frew’s The Coast, Episode 4, Season 1 - Drowning in plastic
Plastic Pollution. Our beaches and oceans are literally drowning in it. In this episode of The Coast, host Wendy Frew talks to volunteers, scientists and small business about some canny ways we can reduce our plastic waste and save our marine life from a toxic death.
The first season of The Coast, a weekly show about the environment and sustainability on the Northern Beaches, runs for six weeks.
Tune in at 88.7 / 90.3FM or stream via www.rnb.org.au. You can listen anytime at https://www.mixcloud.com/TheCoastRNB/
Why we do what we do!
Why we do what we do.
It's not as clean as it looks
"It's not as clean as it looks like at first glance" - common comment from first time crew members. This is from our clean up at Dee Why lagoon. So much plastic.
Please behave like animals
Please behave like animals
Changes in packaging are happening, and Woolworths are starting the review of their lines for their meat products.
This change involves replacing the old style clear plastic trays with a robust cardboard which has been covered with a film that is accepted in Redcycle’s soft plastic recycling bins.
This represents an 75% reduction in the volume of plastic! All you have to do is take the time to rinse and dry the soft plastic before you put it in your Redcycle collection.
What do you think? This change has only been made so far for their grass fed beef line but pending this change it is planned to expand it to other product lines.
Less plastic = progress, even though we prefer veggies over animal products.
Pesky fruit stickers
Pesky fruit stickers
Yes, if stuck to another piece of soft plastic, these pesky little stickers can be REDcycled. Please refrain, however, from sticking a whole bunch of these at once on one piece of soft plastic! They are more likely to fall off and just get stuck to the processing machinery. Plastic is everywhere The best option is of course if you can support your local farmer or bulkfood store and buy fruit without stickers.
ALDI in the UK
ALDI in the UK is getting rid of plastic bags at all 900 stores across the UK by the end of 2020, a move that will save up to 100 tons of plastic per year! Shoppers can bring their own containers or bags. If your grocery store hasn't quit plastic yet, simply skip produce bags and give those veggies a good wash! Hopefully ALDI Australia will follow.
FYI - 12 HOUSEHOLD ITEMS THAT CAN GO IN YOUR COUNCIL RECYCLING BINS
* Shredded paper: can be recycled if it is contained inside a cardboard box like a shoebox, or paper bag.
* Sticky tape: doesn’t have to be removed from paper or cardboard before popping them in your blue paper recycling bin
* Window envelopes: the plastic window doesn’t need to be removed. Simply place the whole envelope in your blue paper recycling bin.
* Staples: can be left in your paper and cardboard boxes. Magnets will remove them during the recycling process.
* Clean pizza boxes: or other takeaway food boxes can be recycled in the blue paper bin if they are clean. However, dirty parts need to go into the red landfill bin.
* Aluminium foil: can be recycled in your yellow bin if you squish it into a ball about the size of a tennis ball.
* A plastic container with no recycling symbol: can still be recycled! Pop it in the yellow plastic recycling bin.
* Aerosol cans: can be safely recycled if they are completely empty and intact. No need to remove the plastic spray nozzle. Remember small disposable gas canisters can’t be recycled in the yellow bin due to danger of explosion. These are disposed of at a Chemical CleanOut event.
* Milk, stock and juice cartons: can be put in the yellow recycling bin regardless of whether they have a foil lining or not.
* Candle jars: can be recycled when clean. Hot tip – put the candle jar in the freezer and after an hour or so you can tap the leftover wax at the bottom of the jar out!
* Lids: can be recycled if they are plastic, steel or aluminium. Keep them screwed onto the top of the container so they don’t get lost in the recycling process
* Sticky notes: can be recycled as the adhesive does not interfere with the recycling process as it is removed during the deinking process.
For more information go to: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/.../a-to-z-guide...
We can do better
We have to do better... Lil Buddy, a post Hatchiing green sea turtle washed back from Hurricane Eta and rescued in the Florida Keys, passed away overnight at the Turtle Hospital. Necropsy today revealed over 150 pieces of plastic/trash in her stomach and intestines ! We see similar things happen locally. Please share and help us raise awareness!
Please don't litter
One of many reasons you shouldn't litter.
Single use ban in WA
S.A. & W.A. = Single Use Plastic Bans
WA will start banning single-use plastics within three years.The State Government will ban plastic plates, cutlery, stirrers, polystyrene food containers, thick plastic bags, and the release of helium balloons by 2023. Other single-use plastic items like produce bags, microbeads and cotton buds will be phased out by 2026.
QLD & ACT = Single Use Plastic Draft legislation
When is it time for NSW?
Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to marine life and wildlife around the world.
This is alarming that only 12% gets recycled and the rest either gets discarded into landfill, our oceans or burnt for fuel. The rate at which plastic break down, they will be around for many generations to come. So, do your bit to cut down your plastic usage not only for our present but for our future.
Listen to us
Want to know more about what you can do?
Start change with the power you have:
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 and the Crew are leading the campaign against single-use plastic in their communities and neighbourhoods. Thank you to @whatcanwedo.podcast for the interview.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #beachcleanup
We have book street libraries, why not a beach toy library?
Plastic in jeans
How much plastic is there in a pair of stretch jeans? This much!
"Permacoach" have been using their composting systems to experiment with some of the things that we ultimately contribute to the waste stream. This pair of stretch jeans would usually have been repurposed but they sacrificed them to the compost bin just to see how much of the fabric was cotton and how much was plastic. We now know that most plastics do not break down. Our disposal options are to burn them and release toxic fumes or to not burn them and have them persist in our environment, possibly forever, as micro plastic particles. These micro plastics are now turning up in the bodies of animals, including us. Their long term consequences are unknown.
Our best option is to take good care of the clothing we already have and to refuse to add anything to our wardrobe until we actually need to replace something. Let’s kill fashion
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #plasticfree #jeans #fashion
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew runs on team work and kindness. We love how community members of all ages and backgrounds come together for a good cause - a better and cleaner planet for all beings. We're so grateful and honoured to know you all.
It's illegal to fish in Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. The area is home to a diverse range of habitats and marine life and more than 160 species of fish and 50 species of marine invertebrates have been recorded in the reserve.
Report illegal fishing via the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800 043 536 or online at: https://bit.ly/3dMPFCX
Details of other closed areas in Sydney Harbour and the Northern Beaches can be found in the local fishing guide: https://bit.ly/35lrlo3
You can save a life by reporting illegal fishing. This is Lulu, an endangered Green Sea Turtle rescued at Cabbage Tree Bay a few weeks ago. She had swallowed a fishing hook, line and metal sinker. The amazing team at Seabird Rescue Central Coast has her in care. If you would like to help Lulu recover, please donate to:
Australian Seabird Rescue Central Coast
We can do so much to our furniture instead of throwing them out.
Great work by Hales Bee.