A dead baby Blind Shark found with a rubber band around its gills. Elastic bands should be cut before thrown out. Who would have thought that an elastic band could kill a shark?
Millions of animals die every year because of our plastic pollution and waste. Cleaning up a beach can save the lives of thousands of animals. Not using single use plastic can save the lives of thousands of animals. Educating your friends about single use plastic and what changes they can make to their everyday lives to reduce plastic can save the lives of millions of animals. The change starts with you.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #sharks #plastickills #animals #plastic #beachcleanup
This green sea turtle was found in Manly a week ago. It looked very weak and is currently in care. The cause of this turtle being sick = a balloon. With the oily fish Ella, the turtle has been eating under the watchful eye of her carer Rob, she has been able to pass the balloon - hopefully the rest of the string will come out on its own! The balloon is the cause of Ella having pneumonia and septicaemia!
If you would like to help out, please donate to Rob to help with vet bills and food for Ella: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rehabilitation-ella-green-sea-tu…
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 #turtle #loveManly
Pics: Australian Seabird Rescue Central Coast (a bunch of legends)
We're looking forward to seeing you all again, when we can have our clean ups back on. Until then, please behave like animals, legends.
We are afraid of the virus but we are the virus of Planet. For the safety of others and yourself, please dispose of your used masks appropriately.
Recycled can bird feeder craft. Clean and open your coffee can with a can opener. Cut the coffee can’s plastic lid in half. Paint your coffee can lid halves. Let dry. Decorate your can with colorful duct tape. Tips: Layer the tape on top of each other to create different widths. Cut yarn or ribbon at your desired length. Thread it through your can. Place the half lid on either side of the can. Fill your can with birdseed and hang outside. Project complete!
Interested to know about the crew and how it started? Here's an interview about the crew and some tips what we can do to reduce our single-use plastic footprint. podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9jYjExODVjL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz&episode=NTVhNTg4NTMtYzQzMi1hNzFlLWY3ZTUtMjhhODhlODhiOTI5&ved=0CCQQzsICahcKEwiY5-CXhOXoAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ&fbclid=IwAR2NmDqYHY7wsCQMMTxPH_Y4-w29bx2UvMBLJRAXlZQFutwYBuuGA8Qsn-0
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."
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #tea
Don’t forget to scrunch your Easter egg wrappers into a ball at least the size of a tennis ball then recycle.♻️
WOOD PALLET PLANT SHELF - What repurposing things have you done?
You take the rubbish out - where's out?
It's still on this planet, right?
Picking up rubbish helps, but reducing your amount of rubbish helps even more. Say no to single use plastic - if you use it once, don't buy it!
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #litter #rubbish
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead ~
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
Pigeons, ibis’ and many other bird species get such a bad wrap! But the problem, as always, starts with us!
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #litter #rubbish
Cigarettes are the most littered item on earth. Worldwide, about 4.5 trillion cigarettes are littered each year. Cigarettes contain more than 7,000 chemicals, such as arsenic (used to kill rats) and formaldehyde (used to preserve dead animals, and humans, too). Littered cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals into the environment and can contaminate water. The toxic exposure can poison fish, as well as animals who eat cigarette butts. Cigarette filters may look like cotton, but 98 percent of cigarette filters are made of plastic fibers (cellulose acetate) that are tightly packed together, which leads to an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts winding up as toxic trash each year. Cigarettes don’t break down naturally, they can gradually decompose depending on environmental conditions like the rain and sun. Estimates on the time it takes vary, but a recent study found that a cigarette butt was only about 38 percent decomposed after two years.
We found this margarine container on our February 2020 clean up. It says best before 02 Jan 1988 on it. Plastics don't biodegrade like organic matter, which means they can't be converted by living organisms into useful compounds for life. Instead, they photodegrade, a process by which photons from the sun's rays pulverize the plastic polymers until they are broken into individual molecules. This is why there are huge masses of plastic floating around our oceans and lakes, clogging our landfills and even leaching toxins into our water table.
Grocery bags, plastic food wrap, sandwich bags, ziplock bags and produce bags are more troubling because they are typically used once - maybe twice - and then discarded, where - as previously established - they will wind up in a landfill or somewhere out in the wilderness where they will never biodegrade.
And this begs the question that we - the consumers - must face. Is the ease of use of plastics like grocery bags, styrofoam containers or disposable forks really worth the cost? Now you know that those single use plastics cannot decompose, what are you going to do about it?
#plastic #saynotoplastic #plasticpollutes
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.
A new study by the University of Newcastle in Australia has found that in average, people ingest 5 grams of plastic every week, or 2,000 microplastic particles. That's the equivalent of eating a credit card.
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.
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 bar code 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.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #returnandearn #loveManly #Manlybeach #plasticfree #beachcleanup #community #friends
Sea turtles are affected by plastic during every stage of their life. They crawl through plastic on the way to the ocean as hatchlings, swim through it while migrating, confuse it for jellyfish (one of their favorite foods), and then crawl back through it as adults. Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales, and other marine mammals, and more than 1 million seabirds die each year from ocean pollution and ingestion or entanglement in marine debris. Most trash reaches the seas via rivers, and 80% originates from landfills and other urban sources.
#northernbeachescleanupcrew #plastic #turtle