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Message in a PET bottle

Beached Bottle
When I was a kid it was exciting to see a bottle on a beach, we used to race to see who   could get to in first in the hope it contained a message from a marooned sailor! Now with the advent of throwaway culture and the PET bottle, todays kids will never know that thrill. Where children once decorated their sandcastle with sea-shells they now use discarded bottle caps.

Plastic pollution, it’sCooks River become an ever growing problem we’ve created in the last 50 years, and it’s showing itself to be a threat to ocean health rivaling over fishing and global warming.

At Two Hands Project we believe plastic pollution is caused by poor design, either of the plastic products or packaging themselves, or of the systems used to recover them at end of  their useful life.
For example look at the humble soft-drink, a beverage billions of people enjoy daily. Disposable soft-drink (soda) bottles make up a large contribution to plastic pollution, over 30%.. so how is this pollution a design problem rather than a behavioral one? Consider the following.
What are the various delivery systems for soft drink and what contribution to plastic pollution do they have?
-single trip PET bottles, these are THE major problem, designed to be discarded after the use it’s no wonder they end up as pollution. Around 30% or less recovery with voluntary recycling.
-single trip PET bottles with a refund system, results in 80% recovery (recovery increases with higher refund)
Refillables
-refillable bottles with a refund system, this is the best pre-bottled soda system, over 90% recovery (recovery increases with higher refund) zero plastic pollution if glass bottles are used.
-soda fountains, potentially zero plastic pollution if consumed in washable glassware, can be a big contributor if plastic or plastic lined take-out cups and straws are used.
Big Bottle
-home carbonation systems, such as SodaStream , can save the production of thousands of single trip bottles a year.
These are a great choice if you love soft drink, want to reduce plastic pollution, and like to have greater control over what goes in to your drinks.
As you can see manufacturers have a CHOICE in how they deliver a product, these choices affect the amount of plastic pollution entering our environment, so companies must be held responsible for polluting designs.
This brings me to what is currently unfolding in Australia.
Yarra River Melbourne
In an effort to reduce plastic pollution every day Australians are calling for a refund system on empty beverage containers.
Despite choosing to market to Australia using polluting single trip design, Coca Cola, Schweppes, Coopers and Lion Nathan are vigorously opposing a refund system that would massively reduce their contribution to plastic pollution..
Coca Cola have even taken the extreme steps of suing Australia’s Northern Territory for their recent adoption of the 10c refund system. This is completely out of order.

Check out the facebook pages of Coca Cola and Mount Franklin , read and like the comments from fellow Australians regarding this legal action and leave a comment of your own.

You can even make your own “boycott coke” placard and photograph you and your friends with it and post the pics.

Boycott Coke Placard
Also check out the Cash for Containers action and send a letter to your MP using the online form
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SwanBottlePollutionSilkePhotoMost importantly be aware of the role of design in plastic pollution, choose pollution free ways of enjoying your favorite things, and demand the manufacturers employing polluting design pick up their game and stop trashing our planet.
Paul Sharp, Founder Two Hands Project
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Tsunami Debris Expedition Fundraiser Auction Items

Auction and raffle items for the tsunami debris expedition fundraiser at Murrays at Manly on 15th May.

Our wonderful supporters have donated a whole lot of awesome experiences and products for our fundraising event at Murrays at Manly on the 15th May. We will have a raffle, silent auction and a live auction run by auctioneer Andrew Lutze from Cunninghams and MC, Wendy Harmer, comedian and editor of The Hoopla.

Starts 7pm. Check out the auction items!

Live auction items.

*Lady Elliot Island –Overnight incl. flights from Hervey Bayvalue $1130

Out on the frontier of the Great Barrier Reef exists a coral cay island ‘Lady Elliot’ where the coral reef is alive and teaming with life, where hands-on adventure and exploration are keys to this Australian holiday experience in a declared ‘Marine National Park Zone’.  It’s a special wild kind of a place where people come from all over the world and yet fit together, blend together within minutes of meeting each other through a common need.  That need is to be closer to nature and experience the environment and it’s creatures.

Lady Elliot Island, Great barrier reef coral cay – timelapse – South side from Quinton Marais

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*Jervis Bay ECO Package–  total value of  $475

Stay overnight at Worrowing Eco Hut, a secluded studio style luxury cabin on 250 acre property neighbouring Jervis Bay National Park, self contained 1 queen bed, double spa bath, kangaroos & nature at your door.Only 3.5 min to beach or lake & the perfect coastal hideaway. Eco Hut Queen bed self contained studio,with double spa ,overlooking a natural bush setting in a secluded location with kangaroos ,wallabies and wildlife at your doorstep , neighbouring Jervis Bay National Park and nestled between the pristine waterways of St Georges Basin and Jervis Bay . Exclusive to couples and the perfect getaway experience. (value $275)

Worrowing Eco Hut

While you are in Jervis Bay you’ll also get two adult tickets from Extreme Whale &  Dolphin Watch Cruises  …very cool indeed, if you go in October you may catch some whales with calves! (value up to $160)

Extreme Whale Watching

After all the action you’ll have built up an appetite so enjoy your lunch at Pilgrims Wholefood Café, yum! (value $40).

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*Oceanworld – Shark Dive Xtreme valued at $540

Two shark dive gift vouchers (Valid Monday-Friday) No experience needed- Many celebrities have done it,  Silke & Paul have even filmed the Amazing Race contestants in the shark tank!

Shark Dive Extreme

“>SDX Shark Dive Extreme Oceanworld Manly

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*Double dive for Buddy team  at FISHROCK cave  (value at $260 )

From our mates at Fishrock Dive Centre, for certified divers.  If you’d like to see sharks in the wild this is for you, Australia’s longest Ocean Cave  famous for Grey Nurse Sharks!

Fishrock Cave

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*Two Reusable Glowsticks  – donated by Dive Centre Manly (value $50)

For Scuba diving. One for you& your buddy – not more toxic single use cyalume glowsticks on your nightdives!

 

*Whitsunday Monster

This photo degrading Monster was found by Ben Ware in the Whitsundays – on a clean up with Two Hands Project Founders Paul & Silke.

Whitsundays Monster

From being a careless fishermen, Ben has turned around and dedicated his life to cleaning up the Whitsundays.  Check out his Whitsundays Plastic Pollution Page.  Just Ben and his Two Hands, in the little dinghy “Tintanic” –  day in day out.  He  is a true inspiration – Taking Two Hands in his own hands,  just what it’s intended to be.Anyone heading to the Whitsundays,  interested in beach cleaning should look him up.

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*Driftwood Puppet by Angelika Treichler (reserve $200)

Angelika’s ideas were inspired by her art studies, she learned about Picasso’s, Schwitters’ and Duchamp’s ways of working with   L’Objet Trouve’  or ‘Found Art’ – Instead of creating your artwork from a preconceived idea, you start your work from a found object, that is not usually considered art. Something you find in your environment such as household objects or, in this case, things from the natural environment.I hope that my puppets inspire others to come up with good environmental art.”
All  pieces of driftwood  found under Manly Wharf, right where our famous Little Penguins nest.

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*Silent auction items.

*WHALEWATCHING family pass Sydney Adventure Cruises  (value $215)  (2 adults and 2 kids) Have a whale of a time with the whole Family!

Sydney Adventure Cruises Whale Watching

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*Pro Dive Central CoastHMAS ADELAIDE  Double DIVE for buddy team!! – (value $200)

Only for Certified divers. Retired navy  ship  HMAS Adelaide has been ‘repurposed’  to be an Artificial reef. Home to some amazing local marine life !

“>HMAS Adelaide

($18 per diver permit for Nat parks not included)

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*Indoor Climbing family pass at Brookvales Rockhouse (value $65)

Rockhouse

 – new bouldering wall & lead climbing ready!!  Take you’re whole  family somewhere local for an extraordinary experience of strength & technique and trust…;-)
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*Certified Organic  towel set   (value $50)

From Eco Downunder.

2x certified organic bath Towels

2x certified organic hand Towels

2x certified organic face  Towels

Color: Driftwood

Just up the road in Balgowlah, and another shop in Mosman.

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 *One  voucher for a term of classes at Djazzex – dance, yoga or  pilates . (value $140)

Dance yoga or pilates for any age!!

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*Two Reusable Glowsticks,  Logbook folder, Two Scubapro hats & shirts  donated by Dive Centre Manly

For Scuba diving. One for you& your buddy – not more toxic single use cyalume glowsticks on your nightdives and you’ll look great in the Scubapro hats and shirts!

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*Two Hands Project cleanup kit (value-priceless)

One clean up bucket, gloves, sticker and Two Hands Project CHEEKI waterbottle!

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*Billabong Board shorts (value $79)

Made of RPET …. That’s recycled bottles!!! RECYCLER SERIES – ECO Airlite Stretch Size 33

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*Raffle Prizes.

TBA on the night :) Lots of great stuff!

 

 

 

 

 

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2012 Tsunami Debris Voyage Fundraiser in Manly!

Paul from Two Hands Project has been invited to join Algalita Marine Research Foundation and 5 Gyres on the first scientific survey of the Japanese tsunami Debris field!

To help raise the funds for the journey Murray’s at Manly are hosting an awesome event on May 15th, save the date! Check out the attached flyer.

Wendy Harmer, comedian and editor of The Hoopla will be our MC!

Andrew Lutze from Cunninghams will be Auctioneer  on the evening, auctioning  our brilliant auction items from our supporters! Check them out!

Auction goodies

All our Auction Items are posted for review on the following link, Far too many Awesome things too post here :)

Auction and Raffle Items 

We are still accepting donations of awesome items for an auction on the night, experiences/activities are great, no plastic packaging a must. Pre loved items of value are also encouraged :) email info@twohandsproject.org if you can contribute to the auction pool!

Thanks to the Plastic Ocean Project for our brilliant poster artwork and ART by COWBOY for poster design.

If you are in Sydney we’d love to see you at Murray’s at Manly on the 15th May! Tell all your friends!

You can still support the voyage even if you can’t make the fundraiser by contributing on our crowdfunding page  at indiegogo.com/tsunamisurvey or by clicking the Paypal Donate tab on the right of this page.

 

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