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and what are you doing this weekend?

What a great feature on the Sydney Weekender! –
And Mike Whitney could have not made it any clearer:

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ANYtime and ANYwhere! –

its entirely up you! just make sure you send us your picture

 

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Save Our Seabirds in full swing & teaming up with Jack Johnson!

It’s Official!- the very awesome Jack Johnson is MATCHING all of YOUR donations to us

till we reach the target!
This means that for every $ you DONATE  we get double!!

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East Coast Odyssey – Immie’s GuestBlog

ECOedenUlladulla_IMGP3406My mum heard about a wooden sailing boat called Yukon doing a trip up the east coast of Australia studying plastic pollution.

My mum runs a NFP organisation called ‘Yeskandoo, to a life less plastic’ and I thought it would be cool to go on it for four days with her.

We boarded at Ulladulla and the first day was beautiful spotting whales and dolphins and the occasional wandering albatross.

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Ulladulla to Sydney and a micro plastic bonanza!

Word has spread about the Danish tall ship sailing up the coast and we enter harbour to the welcome of a crowd of locals on the breakwater.  “Welcome to Ulladulla!” goes the cry and an obliging gentleman catches our lines as the Captain, David brings Yukon alongside.

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Meeting Roland

ECOulladulla__SST1803When I see the excitement, happiness, disappointment, passion and enthusiasm that people have for sports such as AFL or Footy in Australia- I always wonder just HOW we can get this energy, passion and care of the masses for subjects that actually matter. Such as our ocean, our earth. Our survival.

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More jelly, more pollution and a whole heap of Whales

In Eden we say goodbye to Andrew and welcome Melodee to join the crew on board  Yukon.

ECOedenUlladulla_IMGP3650Melodee has spent 12 hours on the road crossed state lines and driven over 1000km to join the East Coast Odyssey expedition.. how cool is that?!

Our last days in Eden see the arrival of two more tall ships, initially the Young Endeavour and the Soren Larson. The locals must have felt they were being invaded by an armada of pirates!

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The Killers of Eden

ECOeden__FLAGSWOW! After hiding for two days in my bunk during our rough Bass Strait crossing (it was so rough no pictures were taken by anyone)

I thought I would be happy to step on dry land! But no, after the stunning  sunrise, near glass out and the ‘mugging’ on our last day, as soon as we get to shore we can’t wait to get out there again.

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Jellies and a mugging

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As we left Hobart the ships seabird expert Chris made the bold statement we’d see our first albatross just as we left Storm Bay… it turned out we saw a Shy Albatross even earlier, just before we left the Derwent River.

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Testing the waters…East Coast Odyssey part 001

East Coast Odyssey   –
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The Two Hands Project team have made it to Hobart to join our expedition vessel, the Danish tall ship Yukon, for the East Coast Odyssey. With a little bit of spare time on our hands we have started looking for the ECOhobart__SST1076LOWer‘Colourful Killers ‘ in the hightide line right here in Hobart…and sure enough… all plastic in this picture is from the small 5 square metre area behind me!
We’ll be heading up the East Coast of Australia, negotiating the famed and unpredictable Bass Straight, surveying for plastic pollution along the way.

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It’s this time of the month: OH NOOOOO!!

I always wanted to do a year of  ‘Compacting’ ( buy nothing new for a year) … but that’s exactly what happened… I always ’wanted’, but never dTwoHandsProject_ReuseLOWid… So when Plastic Free July came along… I thought: “Brilliant, that’s going to be a breeze. After all, I am one of the Founders of the Two Hands Project. I got my reusables sorted!

So what is  Plastic Free July?

The challenge is quite simple. Attempt to consume no single-use plastic during July. “Single-use” includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging…basically anything that’s intended only to be used once and then sent to lanTwo-Hands-No-Excuse-Tile-Onlinedfill. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles &coffee cup lids).
Plastic Free July was started as a local challenge by Earthcarers in Western Australia – this year over 4000 people around the world have registered!

dilemmabag2012LOWWell… this is my dilemma bag last year… and I only did one week…

 What stood out was clearly that I didn’t have all my reusables sorted! And those tetra packs from the Soymilk! – I knew there would be heaps over the year. Also the contact lens packaging made me sad, as I can’t seem to come up with a solution (glasses are sadly not an option for me) All the other bits were clearly avoidable quite easily.IMG_8783LOW

 Back to the Soymilk –TETRA packs: easily solved!! Ever seen a ‘soymilk maker’? … I am HOOKED! And the tiny amount of ( organic ;-) Soybeans needed! – what a saving every time you make soymilk! I AM IN LOVE with this MACHINE! –

Picture: the actual amount of soybeans needed for 1 litre ! – ( bottle isn’t full because I had my coffee already ;-)

So why the title? – Well girls, if you are doing this challenge for a month… you might be stuck with some questions that you aren’t sure who to ask… fret no more: LUNETTE MenstrualCup  It’s silicone. Once done for the month you sterilise it by boiling it a few minutes. It’s yours for life. Best thing ever. Yes it takes a week to get used to& trust it, but that was no different when you tried your first  tampon. And with the LUNETTE  it just ‘catches’ rather then absorbing. So it is much better for your natural balance… no more thrush..

for those that are not convinced:  on Average one woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, of course : single use, which will end up in landfill or in the sea…

Back Camera Whilst we are with the Girls themes… How to organise a plastic free HENS send off?? – I ‘highly’ (pardon the pun) recBack Cameraommend to send her off with style:  “ High Tea” ( this one at Sydney’s famous Queen Victoria Building) …came with sparkling wine… that’s plastic free too..

 So on the day after Hens and all that sparkling you maybe craving some COFFEEE…but PLEASE, don’t buy into these…For me they were just silly, expensive, wasteful and I didn’t even like the coffee!! … And then I visited Paul w_SST1652LOWho was helping at the Fremantle waste audit.. and that’s when I realised  that they are a much bigger issue: there isn’t anywhere to put them : metal or compost?? So unnecessary.

 

And to the question on ‘Bio’ plastics, check out my shocking 47seconds Video… I got nothing else to add ;-)

 

also this video from the star studded  Plastic Free July ‘ Google Hang out’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4yIQtDlON20

_SST0397Silke Stuckenbrock, co-Founder Two Hands Project

 

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