The most environmentally friendly container is the one you already own! Or in Amber's case, the one you can successfully repurpose from bamboo toothbrushes! We're firm believers that plastic-free shelves are just as good on the eyes and even better for the planet.
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. 😀
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We want to thank our friends from "The Bower Restaurant" in Manly. (They serve great vegan pancakes too by the way.) Their staff take their bottles and cans to the "Return and Earn" machines and donate the money to the crew so we can buy more pickers and gumboots for crew members when we do clean ups. If you want to help us out too, save this picture/barcode to your phone and scan it at the "Return and Earn" machine and click PayOut afterwards. Thank you again for our lovely community - we are very grateful! 🙏
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If you're a tea drinker, this one is for you. Standard square tea bags – used for teas such as Earl Grey, English breakfast and green tea – are "heat sealed", meaning that a thin film of polypropylene is applied to seal the two sides together. Their "string and tag with sachet" range also contains polypropylene and a small amount of acrylic co-polymer emulsion, a plastic-based glue that bonds the bags together.
The way tea bags are manufactured varies depending on the brand but about 70 to 80 per cent of bags are made from compostable paper while the remaining 20 to 30 per cent contains heat-resistant polypropylene. This is to prevent the bag breaking mid-dunk, but it does mean that small pieces of plastic mesh are left behind in the soil when you compost the bags.
Okay, let’s talk about what’s best for the kitchen bin.
Veronica Maree took this pic at Woolworths, and she's a little frustrated because of how deceiving and confusing this is for the regular shopper just trying their best to make a good decision at the checkout. Here is her great explanation:
Multix have come out with a ‘greener’ bin liner option. Looks great on the outside, but let’s break this down.
The top bag she's holding is labeled ‘plant based’. Okay, sounds positive right? Well, yeh that’s a positive, it also states that it’s “made from 60% plant-based material, a renewable resource from the sugarcane industry” which is indeed a great move, but if you look closely, it is also labelled as ‘degradable’. Now, degradable is not to be confused with ‘biodegradable’ because anything that is degradable will not fully break down into the soil when it ends up in landfill. Instead, it turns into tiny pieces of plastic that will never break down, continuing the micro plastics issue we currently face in our oceans. Probably not a great option.
Okay the second option, same brand, being Multix, same ‘greener’ bold labelling, but here are the differences.
Firstly, instead of ‘plant based’ labelling, they have it labelled as ‘compostable’. It also states that it’s ‘biodegradable’. This is where it makes ALL the difference. So compostable and biodegradable are sort of the same, but sort of not. To the average person, it would seem the same, but here are the slight differences. They both aim to break down safely into the earth, however, biodegradable is made for breaking down in landfills, and compostable is made with a specific set of requirements to break down safely in a compost. Usually the compostable bags are quicker to break down too. So if you were after a bag safe to put into your compost bin, we can understand how this could be confusing. We look closer on the back of the label and it is marked as “home compostable AS 5810 ABAP 20006” and “compostable AS 4736 ABAP 10060”. These numbers refer to the certification from the Australian Bioplastics Association. This is a good option to purchase, and they have different sizes to choose from, plus it is labelled as safe for composts too, so double great.
Lastly, Veronica wanted to shed light on another brand called ‘compost-a-pak”. These were so clearly marked compostable, with zero confusing labels. This is also certified and marked on the back of the label “compostable certification number AS 4736-2006 ABAP 10019” and “home compostable certification number ABAP 20001”. It also states under the headline “made from vegetable material and plastic free. Australian certified compostable”. This is so crystal clear and easy to understand, and Veronica wants to show the stark difference in the marketing and labelling. We have seen many people putting the first option on the conveyor belt at the checkout and we know those people are just trying to make the best decision, but it’s not fair that they’re being misled. She couldn’t find other sizes in this brand besides the one, but it’s still a very good option.
We hope this helps you make your decision a little easier when you go shopping next. Thank you Veronica for your great explanation!
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.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #recycle #plasticfree #stickers
It's time to get rid of the shampoo bottle and replace it with a shampoo bar.
Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers.
A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rather than fossil fuels. The plans, devised by renewable chemicals company Avantium, have already won the support of beer-maker Carlsberg, which hopes to sell its pilsner in a cardboard bottle lined with an inner layer of plant plastic.
Avantium’s chief executive, Tom van Aken, says he hopes to greenlight a major investment in the world-leading bioplastics plant in the Netherlands by the end of the year. The project has the backing of Coca-Cola and Danone, which hope to secure the future of their bottled products by tackling the environmental damage caused by plastic pollution and a reliance on fossil fuels.
Globally around 300 million tonnes of plastic is made from fossil fuels every year, which is a major contributor to the climate crisis. Most of this is not recycled and contributes to the scourge of microplastics in the world’s oceans. Microplastics can take hundreds of years to decompose completely. “This plastic has very attractive sustainability credentials because it uses no fossil fuels, and can be recycled – but would also degrade in nature much faster than normal plastics do,” says Van Aken.
Avantium’s plant plastic is designed to be resilient enough to contain carbonate drinks. Trials have shown that the plant plastic would decompose in one year using a composter, and a few years longer if left in normal outdoor conditions. But ideally, it should be recycled, said Van Aken.
The bio-refinery plans to break down sustainable plant sugars into simple chemical structures that can then be rearranged to form a new plant-based plastic – which could appear on supermarket shelves by 2023. The path-finder project will initially make a modest 5,000 tonnes of plastic every year using sugars from corn, wheat or beets. However, Avantium expects its production to grow as demand for renewable plastics climbs.
In time, Avantium plans to use plant sugars from sustainable sourced biowaste so that the rise of plant plastic does not affect the global food supply chain.
Article by: Jillian Ambrose (The Guardian)
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The latest wheelchair recipient is Dorothea, who is from Grassy Park in the Western Cape, South Africa. She needed a heavy duty chair, which we were able to fund by recycling bread tags from around Australia. Got tags lying around? Get them to one of the collection points on our map : https://ozbreadtagsforwheelchairs.org.au/ or post them to us at P.O. Box 1164, Kensington Gardens, SA 5068.
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Want some new plants? Cut of some bits from your succulents and put them in water. After a few days, you can plant them. Doing it this way, you don't need to spend money on new plants and you don't need to come home with some plastic pots you don't want or needs.
Want to know more about what you can do?
Start change with the power you have:
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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.
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Please recycle, re-use and re-home your old or unused jackets to those that need it most. With an estimated 116,000 people across Australia classified as homeless, XTM and their Heat the Homeless appeal aims to give people an opportunity to donate quality, pre-loved winter jackets to warm those in need and keep the jackets out of landfill. All you need to do is drop your jacket off at a participating Heat the Homeless retail store. Once received, XTM partner with over 2,000 charities to distribute the jackets to those that need it most. The closest ones to the beaches (as we know it) is Anaconda at Warringah mall and Snowbound in Chatswood. For questions please follow this link:
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Do you maybe knows someone who could be our local Carter?
Carter wanted to close the food waste loop in his community, so he started collecting food scraps on his bicycle to create compost!
Eight years later and his initiative has turned into a successful business that diverts food waste from landfills, creates healthy soil, and strengthens the bond of his community. Once the compost is mature, members of the program can receive a full five gallon bucket of compost which closes the loop of waste-- their food scraps turn into healthy soil which will nourish their gardens. Carter’s brother has even started selling the worms so that community members can compost at home. Learn more at carterscompost.com.
Share if you want a bicycle-powered community compost program in your community!
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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."
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WOOD PALLET PLANT SHELF - What repurposing things have you done?
If we all switched to reusable coffee cups, we would divert 500 billion takeaway coffee cups from landfill every year.
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