Summer (June/July) Newsletter 2016
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Plastic Free July - Will you take the Challenge?

How much plastic do you and your family use each day?  Could you challenge yourself to find out by collecting and storing ALL of the plastic you use over 2 weeks?  The Plastic Footprint Challenge HK was set up as a way for people to see how much plastic waste they produce in a short period of time if it wasn't thrown away from the office, the streets or your home each day.  It is a tool to find out your bad habits and inspire you to create new good habits that focus on waste avoidance.  
The now global movement of Plastic Free July originating in Australia has started a month of awareness similar to other calendar periods addressing environmental issues such as April for Earth Day. Our global plastic footprint is increasing year on year as we manufacture, use and dispose of more and more millions of tonnes of plastic. Much of the 280 million tonnes of plastic produced each year is used for items designed only to be used once. It doesn't have to be like this. We can choose to refuse unnecessary plastic packaging and products and make reducing waste a focal point.  In one month we can forge new habits, change mindsets and encourage others including family, friends and retailers to also reduce their plastic footprint.  Will you accept the challenge?
Plastic Free Seas in action:

To see all events for June click here.

On land
Mr. Eco was in HK this month!  All the way from the US, the Eco Rapping Super Hero entertained more than 1000 students with catchy songs in an effort to help them understand how their local actions impact ecosystems and wildlife globally. The plastic bag monster also made appearances at 2 shows!
On the beach
Why do we do corporate beach cleanups? As an opportunity to not only engage staff in meaningful volunteer events but to also show people the scale of the problem. The service fee directly supports our ongoing education programs teaching waste reduction in schools and the community.
Out at sea
This month saw the Sea Classroom back in the water and assisting in the Pure Ocean Fundraising Paddle Around Lantau Island. On June 19, three women paddled 70km around Lantau Island to raise money for three Hong Kong based charities, including Plastic Free Seas. Thank you ladies....incredible effort! 
URGENT REQUEST FOR iPADS  We are in desperate need of 4 iPads to use with the wifi microscopes on board the Sea Classroom. The iPads and microscopes are used by students to learn about microscopic marine life and micro plastic. Can you donate an iPad or sponsor a new one? Please get in touch through the Contact tab and we'll make arrangements for pick up.  Thank you very much.
Little Wins Campaign: What can one person do to make a difference? Our response is always - a lot! If you want to see positive change, find out who to contact and let them know. Write a letter, talk to a manager. If you don't ask, it definitely won't happen.

After a community Sea Classroom trip we received a letter from a participant. "After spending an afternoon aboard the Sea Classroom, I was expecting to be informed BUT I totally underestimated how inspiring this experience would be." Read More ...

June Eco-tip: 19 ways to reduce waste at your summer BBQ in public or at at home 

At BBQ pits with friends:
  • Carry food in a cardboard box or reusable bag instead of multiple plastic bags
  • If the table is dirty, use newspaper instead of new plastic sheeting as a table cloth
  • Avoid polystyrene and plastic plates, choose uncoated paper plates
  • Bring your own reusable fork, knife and chopsticks
  • Recycle the BBQ forks in the metal recycling bins 
  • Avoid non recyclable tetra paks, choose recyclable metal cans for drinks
  • Bring your own full reusable water bottle and have a bulk container to share refills
  • Avoid plastic packaging as much as possible in the supermarket. Refuse the thin film bag for meat at the checkout and buy loose vegetables
  • Set a good example and be the group that produces the least amount of waste at the BBQ pits
  • Leave the BBQ pits cleaner than you found them
At Home:
  • Serve food and drinks with reusable plates, cups and cutlery (borrow or hire if you need more)
  • Fill up pitchers of water, homemade lemonade and iced tea instead of single serve drinks
  • Have labelled bins visible for recycling metal cans and glass bottles
  • Use gas, propane or electric grills for more efficient and cleaner cooking
  • Buy meat in bulk rather than small packs
  • Opt for locally grown loose vegetables rather than heavily packaged imported food
  • Set the table with washable napkins and a fabric table cloth
  • Make your own bug spray, Wellness Mama has several options to try
  • Encourage guests to take home leftovers rather than waste food

Upcoming Events:  

Plastic Free Seas is a proud supporter of the TRES Exhibition in Hong Kong.  Don't miss it!
TRES: Ubiquitous Trash Hong Kong Edition Exhibition - July 2 to 11
Sørlandet the world's oldest tall ship Public Visit Day Hong Kong Maritime Museum - July 2
Corals: Our Underwater Living Treasure Hong Kong Maritime Museum - June 8 to September 18

Climate Change Youth Photo Competition (7-18 years old; deadline July 29)

In the News:

Plastic Free Seas is grateful for the generosity and support from individuals, companies, schools and foundations to fund our education programs.  If you want to contribute, your donation large or small will help continue to run the PFS land, beach and sea activities.
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