Thursday, 14 July 2016

Single Use Plastic Top 10 tips

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Single Use Plastic Top 10 tips
1. Take your own reusable bags to the shops. Bags made from cloth such as hemp and cotton can be washed.  Buy here:
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2. Recycle your plastic wrappers and bags at Coles. Plastic wrappers and bags can be deposited at Coles stores for recycling.
Your nearest Coles store:
3. Take a cardboard box to the fruit and vegetable store to carry your food. Reuse it. Take reusable bags for fruit/vegies. Ask the grocery store for an empty box.
4.Take a reusable mug/cup to the coffee/juice shop. Coffee cup lid – request no lid. Buy here:
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5. Take a reusable straw made from glass or metal when you buy a drink.  Buy here:
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6. Find an alternative to cling-wrap. Instead of cling-wrap – use glass containers, or items such as a Tupperware lunchbox to carry sandwiches and food items. Use alfoil as last resort (recyclable).
Make your wrap from beeswax cotton.   Buy here:
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7.  Bring your own cutlery and plate. Take your own metal cutlery and plate when having a picnic or eating at an outdoor event where plastic cutlery is handed out. Buy here:
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8. Use a reusable drink bottle made from metal. Buy here:
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9. Avoid products with plastic microbeads (found in personal care products), there are phone apps. and sites such as this one which list products that are free from microbeads. This site lists products that contain microbeads.  
10. Use newspaper to line your bin.
Keep your free community newspaper or buy another newspaper.
For more information, visit this website which has 100 steps to become plastic free.

Plastic Paradise – how to reduce our plastic consumption.

Plastic Paradise – how to reduce our plastic consumption.
by Behrooz Eslam
When I was young in the 1970’s I remember going to the supermarket and getting a large brown paper bag for our groceries. It was in the early 1980’s when the plastic bag became more popular and the end of the large brown paper bag. So how did this happen?
Plastic is made from oil and therein lays the problem. When I was young toys were made from long lasting materials such as metal and wood. I still have a ‘Tonka tuff’ model car from the 1974 and it’s in good condition. Toys were built to last. More and more toys are being made of plastic and not lasting very long, encouraging people to buy more.
There are around 120 000 items made from plastic. It is near on impossible to go through a day without using something made from plastic. What are the alternatives? What affordable options are available?
My parents brought me up to live within my means, to live frugally and to be a minimalist. When something breaks, I fix it. I have shoes repaired, electrical items repaired, the car repaired, have the bicycle repaired, have clothes mended, change washers on taps, the list is endless. This year, I sanded the front door frame because it had become rusty and repainted it. Much of this seems simple, logical and cheaper than buying a new item. However, much of this is not common. 

Through built-in obsolescence and cheaper disposable items, some people have resorted to buying another item when their previous one breaks. In our mass-consumer society, this is has become a more fashionable way of consuming. There was a time when repairing something was cheaper than buying a new one. However, this now is seldom the case.  
We know the problems, so what are the solutions? There is a saying “Think global, act local.” There are lots of things each of us can do every day. We can start small by changing consumer habits.
Initiatives such as “Plastic free July” offer many alternatives.
Many people already take their own bags to the shops, have a reusable coffee cup and use a metal water bottle. What if you want to go a bit further?
Here are ten other things you can do to reduce your use of plastic.
1. Look for cellophane plastic (made from plants) or corn plastic such as Biocup and Plantic that are biodegradable.
2. Balloons, streamers and other party items. Have children and parents make their own party reusable Knick knacks from wood, metal and cardboard.
3. Gift vouchers – avoid plastic cards and purchase paper gift vouchers.
4. Buying bread – select a loaf of bread not in a bag. Take your own bag and ask the shop assistant to put it in your bag.
5. Gift wrapping – use paper or make your own from recycled paper to give an individual feel.
6. Sticky tape – use glue or staple/drawing pins, or bind with string/rope.
7. Cans of alcohol – (six holed plastic can grips). Purchase glass bottles which don’t have the plastic can grips.
8. Hair brush - look out for wooden/bamboo hairbrushes.
9. Toothbrush - look for wooden a toothbrush.
10. Buy food in bulk. Take own containers to shops such as Planet Ark and Environment House to refill cleaning products.
I challenge you to make simple changes in your life. 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

A few comments about the screening of 'Project Wild Thing' on Wednesday 22 June... 

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the free screening of 'Project Wild Thing' last night. I loved this film, and it has already brought about some great positive change for me and my 3 year old son - it has inspired me to spend more time with him outdoors - even though it's Winter and I really really can't stand the cold!

While I was doing some research to create 'The Project Wild Thing 30 Day Challenge' (for parents in Perth, Western Austalia), I came across a great article titled 'There's No Bad Weather, Only Bad Clothes!' I realised how true this was and so last week I made a trip to the  'Wellington Surplus Store' in Perth.  I armed myself with thermal underwear, waterproof jackets and pants, warm jackets and gumboots (for both me and my son).  We're ready to go camping!

Here's the 30 day challenge I created... it's really just meant to give you some ideas and connect you to some great resources that are already available.  I can remember having some very spirited snail races when I was kid, holding leaves in front of the snails noses trying to get them to slide faster :) Happy playing!

The Project Wild Thing 30 Day Challenge

How many of these can you complete in the next 30 days?
Even if it’s just one… you’ll have lots of fun doing it J

1. Download the Wild Time App (great for some inspiration)
  - stage a snail race (search under ’30 minute’ activities)
     (you'll want to do this on your phone or tablet if you have one)

2. Visit Rio Tinto Naturescape Play Area at KingsPark (this place is AMAZING!)
    make a cubby in the cubby-building zone
    - or a mud pie at The Spring

3. Check out Nature Play WA (there are soooooo many ideas for things to do here)

 - get ‘Nature Play’ Passports for your kids
 - try a few things from the ‘WinterPlaylist’
 - download the list '51 Things to Do Before You're 12'
 - take your kids hiking (here are some easy day hikes for kids)

4. Visit a nature playground you’ve never been to before
Here are some well-known (and not so well-known), nearby (and one not so nearby) ones:
 - Braithwaite Park, Mt Hawthorn
 - Oxford St Reserve, Leederville
  - Variety Place, Kings Park
 - Russell Brown Adventure Park, Mosman Park  

5. Go camping for a night - you don’t have to go far!
 - Read this blog written by a busy non-camper's experience camping in the Perth Hills

Please share your experiences in the comments section below if you decide to take on this challenge, and don’t forget to let us know about any new ideas you have to share too! J


Friday, 13 May 2016

Movie Night

@ Foyer Oxford, 196 Oxford St, Leederville

Thanks to everyone who came and made our first movie night such a fantastic success!

We had a full house for the screening of 'The Economics of Happiness' on Wednesday 11 May.

Our next screening of ‘Symphony of the Soil’ - a film inspiring the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems (including climate change, dead zones, water scarcity and world hunger) - will be held at Foyer Oxford at 630pm on Wednesday 25 May 2016.

Book your free tickets through Eventbrite here.

Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil.  By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource.

The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time.

Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmes and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

Event Details
Doors open at 630pm. Movie starts at 7pm. Running Time 103 minutes. 
Bring your own food and drinks, though strictly no alcohol. 
Join us for a discussion afterwards if you like!
Gold coin donation proceeds to go to the makers of the film.

For More Information
See the film's website:
Watch the film's trailer:

Don't forget to book your free tickets through Eventbrite!