The Valuing Plastic Project
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Amid the many sources of information and resources available, the list below is a selection of the ones that the project has made use of so far.
Open access academic journal articles
Research about plastic that is free to access can be found in The Worldwide Waste Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Nature Communications. Or The Conversation has news stories that are written by researchers.
A Plastic Planet campaign to ‘turn off the tap.’ Brands can apply for #plasticfree accreditation (see logo above). Also part of the plastic free movement is Surfers Against Sewage who have several campaigns such as #GenerationSea and the Mass Unwrap.
Lambeth Palace in London provided a luxurious venue for a roundtable titled ‘Against the plastic tide: Lessons from inspiring community leaders tackling marine plastic pollution.’ Speakers included representatives from The Church of England; The Aldabra Clean-Up Project (see video here); the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) who in 2020 consulted the public on a proposed Plastic Packaging Tax; Sky Ocean Rescue who explained their #PassOnPlastic campaign; Tearfund who presented their Rubbish Campaign; and the International Marine Litter Research Unit.
- 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”