A GUIDE TO GETTING IT RIGHT!
Before you read the below about how you can help...please know that every little bit you do helps. It's great if you can do it all (& more!!) but if you are just starting out on making some changes to help keep our planet safe and our marine and wild life healthy - just start slow...do one thing at a time and then choose your next change.
Prior to 2012, Penny used plastic bags and purchased bottled water nearly every day. After finding out about the giant garbage patches and the devastating impact that plastic was causing to marine life, Penny changed. Kylie and Hannah on the other hand, have been doing the right thing since they were born! And Bill McDonald (Board Member) pipped up in a Board meeting one day and said that EcoMarines has changed his life and he picks up rubbish all the time. Good on you Bill :)
IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT
THE THINGS YOU CAN DO ...
Use a reusable shopping bag.
Don't use clip wrap or zip lock bags, use containers.
Drink from reusable water bottle - don't buy water.
Recycle right at home (see above tab).
DON'T LITTER AND PICK UP LITTER.
Marine and wild life are eating things like bottle tops, cigarette butts, lolly wrappers and even balloons. We have held several clean-up and the most common litter item is cigarette butts.
Please help us spread the word and encourage people to put their rubbish in the bin!
Did you know .... it is estimated that 50% of garbage going to landfill is food waste!
Donate to EcoMarines, this will help us grow!
Recycle your soft plastic. (see recycle tab).
Set up compost at home (see waste tab above).
Recycle e-waste properly (see waste tab).
CONSUME LESS CLOTHING AND STUFF
Fashion is a BIG contributor to our waste, much of it being sent to landfill. People also consume too much STUFF, everything takes energy to make and transport.
Try and buy clothes and other products that will last a long time. And think before you buy, do I really NEED this?? Thinking this way can also save you money!
If people don't pick up dog poo, it can end up in the waterways and contaminate the ocean.
Use reusable bags for fruit and veggies.
Use a reusable coffee cup.
Make your own bees wax wrap.
Say NO to plastic straws and use a reusable one.
LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE
Food waste is a HUGE contributor to waste going to landfill. With populations rising, we need to help divert waste going to landfill.
By making sure you dont waste food, you will be helping our environment. Check out some tips from Brisbane City Council.
Use reusable bags for fruit and veggies.
Don't chase birds.
Use eco-friendly products.
Many ways of helping the environment actually save you money too! Need some money motivation? Here's a list of items that will save you money...
Using reusable shopping bags
Using a reusable water bottle
Using a reusable coffee cup (some coffee shops offer a discount if you bring your own cup)
Loving food and hating waste (you will save money on food)
Consume less clothing and stuff
Using a bamboo toothbrush (they last MUCH long that plastic toothbrushes!)
Using bees wax wrap
5. Replace cling wrap with a beeswax food wrap, such as Bee Wrappy.
6. Get a stylish reusable coffee cup and help reduce the estimated 1 billion disposable coffee cups Australians use each year! If you have your coffee at home, avoid buying coffee pods.
7. Get a Bamboo toothbrush.
8. Ask for your drink without a plastic straw. You can purchase nice reusable straws as an alternative.
9. Use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
10. Most sunscreen causes coral bleaching, go for sunscreens that don't harm the environment or you!
READY FOR MORE?
TIPS FOR BRISBANE RESIDENTS
11. Ask yourself if you truthfully need something before purchasing it.
12. Buy second-hand whenever you can. Fix broken toys at your local Men's Shed.
13. Reduce your meat consumption. Not ready to go vegetarian? You can start small: Meatless Monday or try a vegan weekday.
14. Dispose of expired or unwanted medication properly.
15. Keep reusable cutlery and your own take-away container in your car.
16. Buy food and products in bulk with minimal packaging.
17. Purchase rechargeable batteries.
18. Ecofriendly toilet paper/tissues/paper towel that isn't packaged in plastic.
19. Avoid palm oil when possible.
20. Use natural beauty products.
22. Get reusable cloth napkins and tea towels instead of paper napkins or paper towel.
23. Support farmers markets and buy local, organic food.
24. Get rid of pests naturally.
25. Only wash clothes and towels that are actually dirty (not after single use). Use cold water.
26. Ask where things come from before you buy them (clothes, food, etc.)
27. Say no to helium balloons.
28. Replace traditional sponges with biodegradable cloths and recycled brushes.
29. Plant a garden, vegetables and herbs or join a community garden near you. If you live in Southeast Queensland make sure you download this incredible GroNative plant app to plan your garden!
Volunteer with a local catchment group.
Start your own veggie patch or join a community garden. Join a community garden near you!
Did you know Council gives away free native plants?
To dispose of large items that don't go in your household bins, visit 1 of the 4 resource recovery centres in Brisbane.
What happens with items after they're picked up by the recycling truck?
How to recycle properly at home, school and your work place.