Monthly Archives: March 2012

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 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 or by clicking the Paypal Donate tab on the right of this page.



Expedition: Whitsundays Clean Up February 2012

Two Hands Project founder Paul and co-founder Silke

Two Hands Project founder Paul and co-founder Silke

The Two Hands Project team, Paul Sharp (founder) and Silke Stuckenbrock (co-founder), were lucky enough to have the opportunity to sail around the Whitsundays as part of a week long Two Hands Project.

Paul was interviewed by Channel Whitsundays while there:

We found alot of bottle caps, bottles and toothbrushes during our clean ups.

Some of the plastic pollution in the Whitsundays

It’s a a remarkable thing to note that – of all the beaches that the Two Hands Project team have seen in Australia (and we have seen quite a few) – several of the beaches in the Whitsundays were the worst affected by plastic pollution.

Two Hands Project Team with Ben Ware from Whitsundays Plastic Pollution

Two Hands Project Team with Ben Ware from Whitsundays Plastic Pollution

We also got the chance to go diving and snorkelling too, so it wasn’t all clean ups and no play ;)

Two Hands Project Founder Paul with Ben Ware from Whitsundays Plastic Pollution...and some of the plastic collected in the tinny behind the boat

We were taken around the Whitsundays by local Ben Ware: awesome guide, passionate on solving the problem of plastic pollution in the Whitsundays and genuine all round decent human being.  You can see more of what Ben does on his Facebook Page: Whitsundays Plastic Pollution.


Celebrating our volunteers: Let’s hear it for the mermaids

Check out Sarah Mermaid’s story:

Sarah Mermaid is a Two Hands Project participant based in Sydney, Australia.

She also holds sustainable workshops for kids and adults where they reuse plastic found on the beach – turning them into works of art!

These straws have been used for approximately 10 minutes – they have another 300-400 years to live! Let’s make some cool mermaid art!


Tips: Collection Triage

If you either:

  • are in a hurry and don’t have the full 30 minutes to collect, or
  • there is a heap of rubbish, beyond what you could collect in 30 mins, or
  •  you don’t have a bag or container to collate your rubbish, so you can only collect what you can hold in two hands

You can still productively collect waste and reduce risk to wildlife. You just need to practice some collection triage.

Prioritise collecting items that will do the most damage to wildlife or which have the potential to do the most harm.

Two Hands Project at Melbourne's Docklands

Two Hands Project at Melbourne's Docklands

Quickie two hands project rationale:

In a quickie or limited Two Hands clean up scenario, we’d suggest you focus on collecting waste that will do the most damage as the priority with anything else you gather being in the nice to have basket.

Things to prioritise:

We’d suggest the following types of items pose the most threat.

  • plastic bags and plastic packaging (e.g. carry bags, bait bags, chip packets, chocolate wrappers)
  • small hard plastic (e.g. bottle tops)
  • fishing line
  • fishing gear (e.g. hooks, lures, reels)
  • anything that poses an entanglement risk (e.g. hair ties, rope, nets, rubber bands, items with strings or loops, packing tape)
  • balloons

[NB – this isn’t an extensive list and it this will depend on your locale and native wildlife, but it does give you a good starting point if you do need to do collection triage.]

Some nice to haves

Things that are nice to have, but not as pressing to collect:

  • straws
  • cardboard objects (cigarette boxes, food packets)
  • drink bottles
  • cans
  • food/takeaway containers