If we all switched to reusable coffee cups, we would divert 500 billion takeaway coffee cups from landfill every year.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #coffee #keepcup #plasticfree #takeaway #plastic
Local legend Sarah has created a kids party kit to try to cut down on the disposable elements of children’s parties. The kit contains:
16 dinner plates
16 cake plates
16 sets of cutlery
1 large melamine bowl
1 ceramic cake stand
1 bamboo/ceramic dip/snack serving set
1 white cotton tablecloth
1 rainbow fabric table runner
3 coloured tea light holders
Tea light candles
She asks for a $20 deposit when you collect it and you can choose to donate any amount, if you wish, to the upkeep of the box. If you have a kids party coming up please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange collection.
Hobart is set to say goodbye to single-use plastics, after the council voted to enforce its ban on non-compostable food packaging from next year, becoming the first city in Australia to do so. The Hobart City Council's ban tackles non-compostable takeaway food packaging, which according to the Environment Protection Authority Tasmania, makes up about 50 per cent of the city's rubbish.
It was estimated that the ban would take 10 million bits of single-use plastic out of the waste stream and litter stream every year in Hobart. The ban includes, but is not limited to, tubs and lids, cups and cup lids, utensils, including cutlery, stirrers and straws, sachets and packets. Yes, even the soy sauce fish is on its way out.
It does not, however, mean the end of containers, straws or utensils, all of these can be substituted with compostable packaging.
While it's not considered to be the ultimate solution to litter, compostable packaging is able to break down in the environment, particularly when disposed of properly. Council research found that about a third of Hobart's 300 businesses were already using some form of compostable packaging, and the hope, said Cr Harvey, was that this by-law would nudge the rest to make the change.
Be consumer wise. This is Coles making you pay a lot of extra for that plastic packaging. Bring your own veggie bags and buy some loose chilis instead. Better for your wallet and for the environment.
A huge thank you to everyone who contacted Woolworths on the Corso in Manly today in regards to them having balloons as part of their opening celebration. Also, thank you to Woolworths for listening to the Manly community.
Balloons land in the ocean and choke sea turtles, kill dolphins and whales, and the ribbons entangle birds. Many times, they end up on a beach as litter. Even the ones marked "biodegradable" can hurt animals before they have a chance to break down.
Chipped teapot. Don’t landfill it. Donate it to a bird😀❤️
It even has its own drainage system...
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #birds #nature #teapot #wildlife #animals
We just want to say a massive THANK YOU to all legends who had a stall at Manly Ocean Festival yesterday, to all legends who bought a reusable product, to all legends who stopped for a friendly chat, to everyone who clean up beaches and to all legends that volunteered their time believing in a good cause and healthier oceans. THANK YOU.
Crew members come in all sizes, cultural backgrounds and ages and they all got kind hearts. Please join us for one of our clean ups. They're always the last Sunday of every month at 10am. Make a good deed for the planet and make new friends at the same time.
This week the first batch of the brand new reverse vending solutions emerged from Tomra's production facility, ready to hit supermarkets and redemption centers for recyclers keen to empty an entire bag of drink containers in seconds. Hopefully we'll see them in Australia soon too.
Tired of seeing pictures like these? Do you want a national ban on releasing helium balloons? Let the government know: https://www.aph.gov.au/petition_list?id=EN1175
We love this. Hopefully it will be filled with reusable cups next time too.
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 PayOut and your bottles and cans will contribute to our cause: community engagement, litter reduction, good deeds and friendships. We also have a fundraiser - see our other tab.
"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.
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.
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.
If Rwanda could do it more than ten years ago, why can't other countries do it?
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.
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! 🙌
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.