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July 1, 2021 – QLD’s single-use plastics ban

A parliamentary committee in Queensland has given the go-ahead for the proposal to ban disposable plastic straws, plates, and cutlery. This means they are one step closer to passing parliament. Wait … what? And when? The legislation, set to be debated in State Parliament this month, would allow any businesses caught selling plastic straws and cutlery after July 1, 2021 to be fined up to $6,672. Schools and healthcare providers, because of their nature, would be exempt from the ban. ...
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Looking back on Plastic Free July

It’s the end of July, and maybe you’ve reduced your plastic consumption. Maybe you’ve learnt a few new strategies, or learnt that you can do without certain items. Maybe you’re glad it’s the end of July – maybe you’re not. However you’re feeling right now, it’s time to think about the next steps in your plastic-free journey. For individuals Did you give up plastic completely for a month? Did you simply reduce it a little? Whatever difference you made to ...
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Single-use plastics ban in Queensland

The Queensland Government has proposed certain single-use plastic products to be banned from sale or supply, with a start date after July 1, 2021. This is an exciting step towards eliminating single-use plastics, and makes Queensland a leader of the country. What would be banned? The government consulted the public and stakeholders, and proposed the following products to be banned: Straws Cutlery Plates Stirrers Straws and cutlery that form part of a product, such as the straw attached to a ...
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Why we love PLA bioplastics

Have you heard of PLA? If you’re working outside of the packaging industry, the different types of plastics are probably not what you’re discussing over breakfast or even around the boardroom table. So why should you care? Here are some alarming stats you may or may not know: By 2050, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Conventional plastics are made from FINITE fossil fuel resources, which means they will run out one day. Only 9% of ...
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Beware of littering as the lockdown ends

One Tasmanian family emerged from their home after a long weekend to find garbage strewn across their previously pristine beach. As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, people have been getting out more – and that means more picnics, more late-night outdoor celebrations, more weekend getaways. The family spent several hours cleaning up the debris, which included melted plastic bottles and bags, smashed glass bottles, fishing lines, and even a gas cooker with canisters. The world after COVID-19 We’re all excited to ...
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World Oceans Day – and what it means

World Oceans Day on June 8 is a reminder to celebrate and honour our ocean. The oceans support us in so many ways – they give us food and medicinal products, they absorb huge amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere, the animals in them (such as coral reefs) protect our shores, they provide joy, they have inspired countless writers. But our oceans are in danger – from pollution, from overfishing, from rising CO2 concentrations, from introduced species. We need to ...
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Microplastics – and why are they harmful?

What are microplastics? Microplastics are pieces of plastic less than 5mm in diameter. They can be primary microplastics, which are tiny particles designed for cosmetics or shed from textiles such as clothing and fishing nets; or they can be secondary microplastics, which are produced when larger plastic items such as water bottles break down due to solar radiation or ocean water. Secondary microplastics result from ‘degradable’ plastics: read our article here on the difference between degradable, biodegradable, and compostable. Chemical ...
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