The Valuing Plastic Project
Research in partnership
This network supports churches in their role as advocates for the care and protection of the environment, underpinned by the Christian principle of caring for God’s Creation. The Anglican Church has passed a resolution on plastic at their last Synod calling on all parishes and dioceses to become ‘zero waste.’ Read more here or follow @Greenanglicans on social media.
The Cambridge Creative Circular Plastics Centre (CirPlas) is a UKRI funded network of researchers at the University of Cambridge. Their work is divided into different areas, based at Energy Transitions Cambridge, one of which focuses on the social life of plastic. More information about other regional social science work on plastic is available here. This is one of eight centres established by the Plastics Research and Innovation Fund listed below:
- Clean-up at Monwabisi Beach, Cape TownAt first sight the coast looks picture perfect. But a closer look reveals plastic and other debris lurking in the dunes and between rocks. This photo essay shows what I learnt about how plastic waste becomes hidden and the value of beach clean-ups. The clean-up was organised by the Green Anglicans who arranged for volunteersContinue reading “Clean-up at Monwabisi Beach, Cape Town”
- Mandela Day at Eluvukweni ChurchThe valuing plastic recycling scheme stopped in March 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the congregation and neighbours of Eluvukweni Church in Crossroads in Cape Town continued to collect recyclables. On Mandela Day (18 July 2020) volunteers emptied the storage container and sorted recyclables ready to sell once restrictions on recycling wereContinue reading “Mandela Day at Eluvukweni Church”
- From zero to 80kg in two monthsThis is a step by step overview of how we went about starting a small scale recycling project in Crossroads, Cape Town. Step 1. Starting out simple To keep things clean and simple, we asked people to collect only white paper and beverage packaging that could be easily rinsed (plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass bottles).Continue reading “From zero to 80kg in two months”