30 June 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

30 June 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we are promoting Plastic Free July with lots of interesting stories about plastic, plastic and plastic and all the things we need to know to be more plastic free – not just in July but all the time!


1. The idea behind plastic free July started in 2011 in Western Australia and is now involving millions across 150 countries. Pop along to their web site and accept the challenge to live plastic free for July. They have lots of ideas to get us all started. This is truly an excellent web site doing really valuable work for our world.


2. This article has some great ideas for how to plastic proof your home. Ditch those plastic razors, no balloons at your parties, and sorry but no glitter either, and of course no straws. But what about eco friendly detergent, bamboo toothbrushes, natural fabrics and fibres and a whole lot of other ideas!


3. Top marks to Amsterdam for opening the world’s first plastic free aisle in their organic supermarket, Ekoplaza. It’s a more difficult task that we might think but they have developed a biodegradable packaging alternative made from sugarcane!


4. You will most likely be aware that major supermarkets have ended, or are about to end, their use of single use plastic bags. But both Coles and Woolworths have also committed to reducing the amount of wrapping on fruit and veggies as well as food waste.


5. To celebrate Plastic Free July, SBS has a feature story on progress to date as well as even more great ideas to get you going. It’s easier than you think!


6. Did you know that styrofoam takes 500 years to decompose? Well Aston Cofer and his team of class mates has invented a way to recycle it. And we’re talking about a lot of styrofoam – in American 25 billion styrofoam take away cups are used in just one year. Check out these kids for some serious inspiration!


7. Art can be a great vehicle for social change. Daniel Webb, a UK based artist, decided to keep all the plastic he used in the course of a year and the result is his Mural-by-the-Sea project which is displayed on a billboard near a beach. It has since been rechristened Everyday Plastic and documented by photographer Ollie Harrop.


8. Check out these plastic warriors in Bristol, UK! They’ve decided to remove all plastic wrapping from their purchases and left them behind for the shops to deal with!


9. Here’s some great innovation from a Melbourne company, Close the Loop, who is turning those dreaded plastic bags (and old printer cartridges) into roads! There is now a 300-metre stretch of road in Craigieburn that uses “an additive that’s made up of 530,000 plastic bags, more than 12,000 recycled printer cartridges and 168,000 glass bottles”.


10. And to leave you with this week, here are images of some of the most beautiful natural environments on earth– just to remind us of what we’re all trying to protect.


See you next week!