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ANNOUNCING THE “PLASTIC FREE JULY” CAMPAIGN

Posted on the 27th June 2018

The month of July will be very important for BirdLife Overberg’s CleanMarine conservation campaign. International research has shown that plastics represent 80% of marine litter being collected during coastal clean-up campaigns and this has been verified during BirdLife Overberg clean-ups. Our monthly clean-ups are very successful and it is anticipated that the rollout of our fishing line bins along the Overstrand coastline will commence shortly. These conservation campaigns are encouraging, but it has become evident that many more club and community members will have to become involved in the combating of plastic pollution. For this reason it was decided to join the international “PLASTIC FREE JULY” campaign in view of highlighting specific events and crucial issues. There are a variety of conservation events to become involved in and regular updates will illustrate how ordinary people can make contributions to the combating of single use plastics.

KEY DATES TO KEEP IN MIND:
3 July: World Plastic Shopping Bag Free Day

7 July: Winter 2018 CWAC count at the Botriviervlei and Kleinmond Estuary

14 July: BirdLife Overberg’s monthly coastal clean-up

18 July: Mandela Day – 67 minutes of support for the Zwehihle Recycle Swop Shop

28 July: BirdLife Overberg’s Xmas in July fundraising dinner in support of our CleanMarine campaign

Dates to be decided: Launching our fishing line bins

THEMES TO BE DISCUSSED IN ARTICLES AND MEDIA RELEASES:
• Stop using plastic shopping bags to coincide with the 3rd of July as World Plastic Shopping Bag Free Day

• Announcing the international Plastics Free July campaign

• Winter 2018 CWAC count at the Botriviervlei and Kleinmond Estuary

• How can I reduce my family’s waste stream? Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot

• BirdLife Overberg’s monthly coastal clean-up on 14 July

• Be more creative with the recycling of clothes, paper and glass by supporting organisations that can make better use of it

• Ecobricks – for brave eco warriors

• The rolling out fishing line bins along the Cape Whale Coast

• Highlighting BirdLife Overberg’s Oystercatcher heroes of the month awards

• Feedback on the BirdLife Overberg Xmas in July fundraising dinner

Alternatives to Single Use Plastic products are already available in Hermanus: The Hermanus Eco Shop Project is at the Country Market on Saturdays and at Go Green / Hermanus Wormery in Dirkie Uys St, Hermanus {next to Plough Shed } 9.30 - 4.30. They promote alternatives to Single Use Plastic products such as Bamboo toothbrushes, Bamboo straws, stainless steel straws, natural soaps, earth friendly cleaning and garden products, reusable shopping bags, etc. Their prices are competitive and the products work! If anyone is interested they can send Fiona Matthes an email for a pricelist: fionamatthes@gmail.com

Provisional BLO CleanMarine campaign logo

 

Examples of the fishing line bins to be put up along the Cape Whale Coast shortly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narina Howard of the Zwelihle Recycle Swop Shop was the first BLO Oystercatcher Hero Award recipient

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refuse bags sponsored by Plastics SA
BirdLife Overberg members on a monthly coastal clean-up at the Hoek van de Berg Nature Reserve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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