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Revisiting nurdles

Plastic pellets, or nurdles, are tiny (3-5mm) pieces of plastic that are used to make drink bottles, food containers … you name it, if it’s plastic, it’s likely been made with nurdles. In and of themselves, they are not inherently a problem. However, if you’ve ever been to a plastic manufacturing plant, you’ll know that nurdles are everywhere. And this is the problem. How do they affect wildlife? Nurdles end up in the sea, usually. They are spilt in all ...
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The problem of plastic capitalism

The problem with plastic A 2017 study from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation found that by 2050, Earth’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish. Already, there are huge, submerged, moving concentrations of waste in every one of the planet’s oceans, known as garbage patches. Plastic does not readily biodegrade. The best the oceans can do is break plastics down into microplastics, and microplastics into smaller nanoplastics. These invisible particles remain in the water, creating the effect of a permanent petrochemical ...
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Sustainability Day: 3 swaps for a sustainable business

Sustainability Day: A day to stop and think about how you can improve your sustainability. Each year, Sustainability Day falls on the fourth Wednesday of October – which makes it today. As a small business owner, what can you do on this day to improve your sustainability? It doesn’t have to be difficult – the best way to start is small, and build from there. Here are three easy ways to make your business more sustainable. Takeaway containers Coffee cups, ...
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We need certainty on recycled plastics

We all want to do the right thing and put plastic in the correct recycling bin. But if there is no market for recycled plastic, funding the recycling process gets difficult. A sure market One way to improve recycling rates is for governments to buy more recycled materials. Australian Council of Recycling chief Pete Shmigel says governments could sell recycled materials to roads agencies that would use them. Another 100,000 tonnes of soft plastics could be used if two road ...
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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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