Whether you’re catching waves this summer or getting royally barrelled by them, it’s safe to say that the surf at our beaches has not disappointed. Whilst out in the ‘big blue’ or along its shoreline, you may have crossed paths with Bondi local Tim Silverwood.
A keen surfer and co-founder of not-for-profit organisation TAKE 3, Silverwood is a passionate advocate for protecting our oceans and environment from human impacts, such as plastic pollution. His tireless efforts as an ‘Ocean Guardian’ have recently been recognised in ‘Blue’, an acclaimed documentary about the plight of our marine environment.
We caught up with him in the lead up to the free February screening at the Surf’s Up event in Bondi.Read more
Not yet, but there’s been a flurry of positive action since the ABC’s recent TV series hit our screens six months ago. With over 3.7 million viewers, the three-part series shone a light on the stuff we consume and throw away, hitting a raw nerve with the nation.Read more
Walk down a supermarket aisle or peer into the pantry, and it’s pretty clear a plastic-free world is a distant dream. Especially with the plethora of hard-to-avoid soft plastics and packaging. So is there a planet-friendly solution?
Following on from ABC’s War on Waste and Plastic Free July, we’ve sought expert advice from Liz Kasell, Founder and Director of REDcycle, who set up a dedicated recycling business five years ago to help address this very question.Read more
What’s the issue?
It’s not surprising plastic pollution has been receiving much deserved public attention lately, from ABC’s Craig Reucassel declaring War on Waste, to Channel Ten’s Project ‘Ban the Bag’ petition. The pressure is mounting for business, government and the public to do more in the battle against ‘fast plastic.’Read more
Whichever way you cut it, we always wind up with stuff we don’t need – in our garage, cupboards and attic. It makes moving house a more frustrating endeavour. For some, it’s a buzz to offload unwanted junk from a declutter mission. Where does it all go?
Unfortunately, some of it winds up on our streets and in our parks. Against the law (you can get whacked with fines up to $1500), dumped rubbish makes our beautiful ‘hood a lot less awesome, causes havoc in our waterways, and costs stacks in clean-up costs. It stinks, often quite literally!
According to recent NSW EPA research, most Council areas are dealing with up to 100 dumped rubbish incidents a year, and around one in 10 spend more than a whopping half a million dollars annually on prevention, monitoring and enforcement of illegal dumping. That’s dosh that could be instead funnelled into better facilities and improved services locally.
But it needn’t be this way. Check out these handy reuse and recycling options to dispose of your bulky waste sustainably. You never can tell what trash (for cash) will be someone else’s treasure!Read more
Who doesn’t love their morning coffee to-go? With three million cups enjoyed each day, it’s a real romance for most of us. Sadly up to a billion takeaway coffee cups end up in landfill every year and many in our oceans. They take years to degrade or just break into smaller pieces causing damage on land and in the sea.
Here’s some business, industry and packaging expert advice on how to make your next coffee guilt-free.Read more
Interview with Benjamin Young from Frank Green
We love coffee so much that we drink it by the bucket load, three million cups a day to be precise. The number of take away coffee cups that end up in landfill has been quoted as anything from 500 million to one billion a year.
So what is the deal with so many coffee cups ending up in landfill? And what are the solutions?
I caught up with Benjamin Young who has been on a journey to launch his reusable cup company Frank Green.Read more
As published in The Beast magazine - Sept 2016
You’ve probably heard all the ‘hoo-ha’ about the scourge of plastic on our planet. About how an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans each year, where it entangles and endangers wildlife.
Single-use plastics, like straws, take a whole heap of resources to make, are used within minutes and then take hundreds of years to leave our environment. It’s sobering to think that every bit of plastic ever made still exists somewhere (and hopefully not in the gut of a poor unsuspecting turtle). This very real and scary problem has gained much deserved attention lately, especially with Plastic Free July.
Check our A-Z list of simple ways that we can try to curb our plastic addiction every day, even beyond July.Read more