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Plastic Straw Free September

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Plastic Straw Free September

“In only the past twenty years, people have come to expect plastic straws in every drink,  an example of extreme waste being generated for minimal convenience.” (Plastic Pollution Coalition) Straw Free September, it’s become an annual, global movement. A month where we are encouraged to politely refuse the straw, helping spark thought and discussion around the massive impact cheap, disposable single-use plastics are having on our environment. It is hoped, that this simple trigger encourages us to look more widely at what other unnecessary and easily replaceable plastics we rely on as part of our daily lives. Plastic Straw rescued...

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Interview - SA’MOANA BEACH BUNGALOWS

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Interview - SA’MOANA BEACH BUNGALOWS

LOCATION: SALAMUMU, UPOLU, SAMOA OWNERS & MANAGERS: DANIEL MENDOLA & ALLY DODSON This place is truly one of a kind. Owned and managed by a driven, inspiring young couple who place great importance on delivering a high quality sustainable tourism experience, it is set on the beachfront of a picture-postcard lush tropical paradise. The family friendly resort attracts active, independent, nature loving guests keen to make the most of the impressive marine environment and jungle wildlife.   What did you want to be as a kid? Ally – an archaeologist Dan – a fighter pilot What living person do you most...

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New Zealand's plastic bag ban - have your say.

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New Zealand's plastic bag ban - have your say.

Submissions are open to have your say on NZ's plastic bag ban.  Make your submission here so that the bag ban can result in meaningful change. Submissions close at 5.00 pm on Friday 14 September 2018.  There is a 57 page consultation document but if you don't want to read it then here are some important points, and check out Wanaka WasteBuster's submission. The bag is only on bags with handles, so plastic bin liners, produce bags and dog poo bags will still be on sale. Plastic bags with handles will still exist, they will just be thicker. How much thicker is a key...

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The Rubbish Whisperer and a Circular Economy

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The Rubbish Whisperer and a Circular Economy

The current linear economy structure is manufacturing > transport > consuming > landfill/recycling or downcycling (where materials are recycled into lower quality material) and in this system companies aren’t required to take responsibility for the end of life of their products or the waste created in manufacturing. In contrast a circular economy is where there is no waste and everything is cycled back into the system in some way. When we reduce our own individual waste by avoiding packaging and buying local, we end up contributing to a more circular economy – that is, one in which products are manufactured,...

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Straws: Paper vs Bioplastic

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Straws: Paper vs Bioplastic

  The recently released Plastics B.A.N. (Better Alternatives Now) List is a series of reports that identify the world’s most polluting plastics in order to better protect our oceans. This report also examines the true life cycle of “plant-based” plastic products, finding that most do not actually break down and that the terms “compostable” and “biodegradable” may be the next generation of greenwashing. The Aardvark biodegradable, compostable paper straws that The Rubbish Whisperer sells were shown to be one of the most sustainable brands. If they make their way into the environment they disappear on land and in water within 6months. The Rubbish Whisperer has pulled...

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