Some used spark plugs, tooth brush heads, spoons and other bits got a new life as a Chess Set.
By: Per- Olof Nilsson
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We want to thank our friends from our local community that donate their "Return and Earn bottles" 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 to our lovely community - we are very grateful!
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Glitter is not only impossible to clean up, it also stays in the environment FOREVER! Choose biodegradable glitter made from cellulose instead, or make eco-confetti with a hole puncher and fallen leaves. We don't need plastic to sparkle!
SPONGES are made from PLASTIC - polyurethane for the soft stuff and scouring side made of polyethylene. They never break down in landfill, and while they are in your kitchen they are one of the worst breeding grounds for bacteria. It's no wonder that we throw them away after only using them for a short while.
Why are they such a 'bacteria breeder'? - Because of their massive surface area (all those little pores....) and how they hold water. This combo makes for a bacterial heaven.
Think about how often you throw these away...for hygiene reasons it should be weekly unless you commit to regular disinfection (yeah....that's gonna happen). So take that and work out how much that costs per year.....its about $80!
But there is an option - you can change from your plastic nasty sponge to something like this - a coconut scourer. These will cost you around $4 each BUT:
They last - we have been using ours for 3 months, and at this rate we will use 2-3 this year which will cost about $12. They dry COMPLETELY and don't hold bacteria. When you're done, you can toss them in your compost and the world doesn't pay a price for you cleaning your kitchen.
Turn your old garments into new clothes! H&M has installed a recycling machine called "Looop" in Stockholm, Sweden. The shipping container-sized machine cleans the fabric, breaks it down into fibers and spins it into yarn again. The process takes about 5 hours and uses no water or chemicals. Do you know that H&M in Australia also accepts all old clothing including bed linen and clothes not bought at H&M?
New arrival in some stores
Shopping trolleys made in Australia from 100% recycled Australian plastic.
Not only are the hybrid shopping trolleys better for the environment and local economy, they're lightweight and look great. They large trolleys are made from 152 recylced milk bottles and are perfect for big shops. The smaller trolleys are made from 66 bottles for when you just need a few things! For more information on these trolleys visit https://www.supercart.com.au/
Make up removal pads and wipes - Beautifully soft and effective but a fast way to generate loads of waste and there is an alternative.....
First up, many of those wipes and some pads are blended with materials like rayon to give them strength. Rayon is a synthetic fibre and is classed as a plastic.
You can purchase a 'microfibre' face cleansing cloth quite easily in many supermarkets now but the catch here is what happens when you WASH them and thousands of microfibres of synthetic material (plastics) are washed into our treatment plants and out into the oceans. Read the label - they're made from POLYESTER which is a plastic.
THEN THERE IS THE REUSABLE SOLUTION:
Upfront investment of ~$11 - $20 for 5 -12 pads depending on where you get them. 100% cotton or bamboo - no microfibres to damage the oceans. Reusable and machine washable - chuck them in with your normal clothes OR just make your own pads from an old t-shirt.
A baby will use around 5,000 nappies over their nappy-wearing life. That produces a mountain of waste equivalent to 130 black bin-bags full. More disposable nappies are found in our household waste than anything else. It is thought the plastics in disposable nappies could take hundreds of years to decompose.
Compared with reusable nappies:
While disposable nappies are made of chemicals, paper pulp, plastics and adhesives, real nappies are mostly natural. Organic cotton and hemp nappies for example.
Cabbage Tree Bay (by Shelly Beach in Manly) is a no-take reserve. However, we've often find fishing lines, sinkers and hooks in this area. People are not permitted to fish by any method, harm marine animals or plants, or collect marine organisms whether dead or alive in the area. The reserve covers about 20ha, including the entire bay, rocky shores and beaches from the southern end of Manly Beach to the northern end of Shelly Beach Headland.
If you see someone doing the wrong thing please report it by using this link or call 1800 043 536.
Remember the info needed is
1. the time and date you saw the activity
the type of activity you saw (for example, abalone theft, lobster theft, taking protected fish)
2. a description of the activity
the make, model or registration details of any vehicles or vessels involved in the activity (if possible)
3. the Fisheries Compliance Zone
the location of activity (description as accurate as possible)
4. your contact details (optional).
Pic of dead Dusky Whaler found by Dave Thomas in 2015 at Shelly Beach.
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Want to know more about what you can do?
Start change with the power you have:
Full interview can be found here:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2YCCejQ
Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/googlewcwd
"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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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!
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
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 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 so much to our furniture instead of throwing them out.
Great work by Hales Bee.
The world’s first recycling mall is found in Sweden.
ReTuna Återbruksgalleria is the world's first recycling mall, revolutionizing shopping in a climate-smart way. Old items are given new life through repair and upcycling. Everything sold is recycled or reused or has been organically or sustainably produced.
The mall opened its doors in August 2015 and is located next to the Retuna Återvinningscentral recycling center at Folkestaleden 7 in Eskilstuna. It is easy for visitors to sort materials they are discarding into the containers and then drop off reusable toys, furniture, clothes, decorative items, and electronic devices in the mall’s depot, called “Returen”. In the depot, staff from AMA (Eskilstuna Municipality’s resource unit for activity, motivation and work) perform an initial culling of what is usable and what is not. The items are then distributed to the recycling shops in the mall. The shop staff then perform a second culling, where they choose what they want to repair, fix up, convert, refine – and ultimately sell. In this way, the materials are given new life.
And the business concept is working: In 2018, ReTuna Återbruksgalleria had SEK 11.7 million in sales for recycled products.
But, ReTuna is more than just a marketplace. It also aims to be a public educator. ReTuna organizes events, workshops, lectures, theme days, and more – all with a focus on sustainability. The folk high school Eskilstuna Folkhögskola conducts its one-year education program “Recycle Design – Återbruk” in the premises. There are also conference rooms, where guests can hold climate-smart meetings. Organic lunch and baked treats are on offer at Café Returama.
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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. 😀
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #recycle #plasticfree #stickers