Focus on plastic microfibres as part of Plastic Free July – see www.plasticfreejuly.org for lots of information and links.
The problem: Plastic microfibres are tiny pieces from all synthetic garments that are released every time we wash them – estimated 700,000 per washing machine load. www.storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-microfibers/ – an easy to watch 2 minute video that eloquently explains the problem.
One small but easy solution: Clothing firm Patagonia are taking this seriously (see www.patagonia.com/blog/2017/02/an-update-on-microfiber-pollution/) and have invested in a German-made ‘Guppy Friend’ mesh bag to put synthetics in inside the washing machine. In tests 99% of microfibres did’t get through the bag, so are left inside and you pick them out by hand and dispose of them.
The bags are on sale at cost price of £15, and Patagonia are offering us free P&P, so we’re collaborating with SPAD in Pill to put in an order. If you’d like one get in touch.
Plastic doesn’t break down it breaks up – and remains in the environment forever.
In the centre of the Pacific ocean’s spiral current system is an area of trillions of tiny plastic pieces not immediately visible to the naked eye but ingested by fish and seabirds.
www.citytosea.org.uk – a Bristol-based campaign group who last year were successfully in getting pledges from manufacturers to stop using plastic in cotton bud sticks – which have ended up on every beach.
They are also part of the refill campaign to stop using single use plastic water bottles.
You can find out more about their latest campaigns, and become a supporter at
www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2017/3/2/15-ways-to-stop-microfiber-pollution-now – further ideas on what we can all do.
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Transition: building community towards a sustainable future……….
Transition is about meeting the challenges of Climate Change at a local level – the collective thinking and action that can produce all the local initiatives that have taken shape in our seven years of existence, and many more. By working for and with everyone in the community, we can make significant improvement in quality of life and sustainability ……….a resilient, rejuvenated, relocalised village.
This could be the outcome of the end of the age of plentiful cheap oil, if we prepare and work together for it.
The end of cheap oil
We are living at the peak of the oil age – a 50 litre tankfull of petrol delivers as much energy as a labourer working for 3 years! But it cannot continue – oil production has plateaued and will start to fall. Demand continues to soar – China’s oil consmption is rising at 11% a year, and 98% of transportation uses oil. Renewables are the future, but cannot deliver enough to make up the shortfall. If we go for nuclear, uranium will run out in 40 years. So we need to plan for ‘energy descent’ – a reduction in energy use. And we need to make 80% cuts in carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change. Transition is about this process.
You can download a Transition Primer which will give you a good start in understanding what this is all about – go to <http://transitiontowns.org/TransitionNetwork/TransitionNetwork#prime> http://transitiontowns.org/TransitionNetwork/TransitionNetwork#primer <http://transitiontowns.org/TransitionNetwork/TransitionNetwork#primer>
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