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Apr. 8th, 2012

elven glare

elven_ranger

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Hello! hope this comm isnt utterly dead yet.

I am a great hater of the overuse of plastic, and either try to re-use it as far as possible to avoid excessive consumption, or cut out its use totally. Maybe we could turn this into a thread where people add thier tips here.

Here are my most common things that I do.

Food - like yoghurt or margerine - containers get used until they fall apart for starting seedlings off in the greenhouse
I use washable cotton bags when I go to the shop, instead of using the shops disposable plastic carrier bags - and the oldest of my cotton bags - well its still doing strong since I got it in 2004!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I cut plastic beads off old clothes or broken costume jewelry and either re-use them or give them to someone who can.

Oct. 21st, 2009

clouds

xhile

The Rich are Not Willing to Pay for Plastic Bags?

Due to the complaints (of rich people?) a major supermarket chain has stopped charging for plastic bags are are not willing to pay for plastic bags? What intereste me is that two other brands in the same company still charge http://tinyurl.com/yfnso2r

Background for those not familiar with New Zealand: Foodstuffs is a major supermarket owner in New Zealand. "New World" is one of their supermarket chains, and it could be argued is slightly more upmarket, tending to be placed in wealthy and inner city areas.

"Pak 'n Save" and "Four Square" are respectively a "budget" chain and a small suburban chain. The telling paragraph for me is this:
"Foodstuffs' Pak 'n Save and Four Square stores, which had not had the same level of adverse reaction, would continue with the charge, [the CEO] said. Foodstuffs would also continue with its environmental initiatives to reduce plastic usage."

Jul. 13th, 2009

anti plastic albatross chick

xhile

There Is Hope

I've had so many heartening stories and experiences around plastic filter through my experience in the last couple of months, but haven't blogged them. Here's one. It's been widely reported and could be the start of a worldwide phenomenon. Why not publicise it among your friends, and suggest a similar ban? It started with one business deciding not to sell bottled water, and went from there. Just one person saying something can make a difference.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25756635-5001021,00.html

THE sleepy Southern Highlands hamlet of Bundanoon has voted to ban bottled water, just hours after the New South Wales Government announced its own H2O boycott.

At a community meeting, Bundanoon locals overwhelmingly supported the Australia-first ban on commercially bottled water, already agreed to by businesses in the town.

On the "one person" note, I always make a point of asking for "no (plastic) bag" when I'm shopping. But it's important to go further - to say WHY. I say something like "no bag please. It means a little less plastic in our environment"




listening to NIN | Closer

Jun. 17th, 2009

anti plastic albatross chick

xhile

Craft and Plastic Recyling! Nifty Way of Recycling Plastic Bags

This will interest craft makers, as well as environmentalists. I'm looking at you, Smoobs ;)
from http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/413551/2738015

Fusing those supermarket bags

We all know those plastic supermarket bags are evil - they just sit multiplying into a huge unused ball in that corner of your pantry every time you go to the supermarket. You can reuse them as rubbish or recycling bags, but apparently that's no longer an OK thing and here's why.

It's my understanding that plastic shopping bags:
- Take ages to decompose (since they've only be around 50 years scientists can only forecast how long it takes)
- Threaten wildlife (particularly marine life such as turtles)
- Release toxic gases when burnt

Now, I'm no scientist so if I've got it wrong let me know!

Once you get the hang of fusing you can make large bags, small bags, iPod covers - the options are limitless. Today we are going to whip up an iPod cover.

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In case you're wondering, my user pic is an albatross chick from an island in the northeast Pacific Ocean Its parent has eaten so much plastic (both on the sea surface and in fish) that it feeds death to its chick. The chick becomes bloated with plastic, cannot eat or digest, and dies. Look back through the antiplastik community for links about this.





listening to Aurora | Ordinary World

May. 18th, 2009

clouds

xhile

Tony Robbins Concerned About Plastic

Hi all

Things have been a bit quiet here lately, I've been busy but still learning and maintaining an interest in seeing change in our use of plastic. I was very encouraged yesterday to see motivational speaker Tony Robbins post these on twitter. He links to an article in the LA times posted here a while back. What he tweeted:

Disgusting but you must know.. floating plastic garbage twice the size of texas has accumulted between SF & Hawaii read; http://bit.ly/iP9lC

RT @rmsmithstudio:.i have sailed thru parts of this refuse.Sailing nautical miles in waters covered with dead fish &garbage islife altering.

Solutions 4 garbage? use reusable water bottles that don't leech plastic, regulations of industries who dump, educate others 4 will tochang





listening to my rework of Aviatrix's "Channel 9" - still a work in progress

Mar. 25th, 2009

clouds

xhile

Lightening Up A Little

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from http://www.dieselsweeties.com/archive/2088




listening to Leonard Cohen | The Future

Mar. 24th, 2009

thinker

xhile

Help Me Out - To Tell or Not to Tell?

It seems in my country (New Zealand) and many others, plastics numbered 3 - 7 are not being recycled. Plastics numbered 1 and 2 (PET and LDPE) are recycled to a degree. Yet people faithfully put all kinds of plastics in recycling bins unaware. See post http://community.livejournal.com/antiplastik/1183.html and others in this community for more background.

Should the public be told the truth about this? Or should they continue to wash and put these plastics in the recycling in the hope that one day someone will recycle them?

What do you think? I'd like to hear some discussion on this; should people be told the truth? If so what are likely results?

Mar. 20th, 2009

clouds

xhile

Charging for Plastic Bags

The Warehouse (that's kinda like Wal-Mart for you overseas types) is soon to charge for plastic bags. I thought this dicussion (and there's a lot of it) was interesting.

http://blogs.nzherald.co.nz/blog/your-views/2009/3/18/do-you-support-warehouses-move-charge-plastic-bags/?c_id=39

A telling comment?
"If The Warehouse were equally environmentally-minded when it comes to the piles of imported plastic rubbish that line their groaning shelves, then we could start to believe that sustainability was a concern to them."

And i particularly liked this suggestion:

"It would be rather worthwhile leaving all the packaging at the store when you shop. Especialy for some products you need a workshop to remove the packaging. Have recycling containers at the checkouts - leave the rubbish in the store, it will become a problem for the store and it will change to less packaged items. Simple."

Mar. 9th, 2009

helix DJing

xhile

Plastic Oceans, Plastic People

http://www.bestlifeonline.com/cms/publish/health/Our_oceans_are_turning_into_plastic_are_we_2.php

From silence to a flood! ;)

I saw this on another LJ community. It's another that mentions the "island" (s) or stew of plastic, and captain Charles Moore, the (alleged?) poisonous leaching from plastics, the poor recycling possibilities and more.

While somewhat alarmist - and if it's all true, who wouldn't be alarmed? - it summarises a few themes we've seen here before.







listening to Pulp | Common People
clouds

xhile

Teenager's Science Fair Project May Deliver Us From Plastic

Hi all

This year has been rather busy for me, so i haven't posted much. Of course, there's nothing to stop you posting, is there? ;)

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2008/05/teenagers-science-fair-project-may-deliver-us-plastic

This is interesting, although still early days and doesn't solve the problem of oil and petroleum based plastics running out. Perhaps the attitude of the 1950s consume-culture works; people will find a way to fix everything in the long run?

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