Plastic is an environmental nightmare. Manufacture of plastics produces greenhouse gas. Plastic waste leaches toxins into our waterways. Toxins from plastics can end up in our food chain. Recycling reduces the problem but the best strategy is to not use plastic in the first place.
YCAN is calling on Yarra City Council to initiate a Proudly Plastic Free campaign to encourage food outlets in Yarra to stop supplying disposable plastic items such as bags, bottles, cutlery and packaging.
Sign our petition to the Council now and pledge to preference businesses that display a Proudly Plastic Free Yarra sign.
YCAN will add your name and email to an aggregated Help Make Yarra Proudly Plastic Free petition and present it to the City of Yarra Council in 2018.
Sign our petition now.
Find out more plastic facts.
As the festive season approaches, YCAN members have been turning their minds to sustainable gift giving:
Kerry: Avoid buying wrapping paper. Who Gives a Crap loo paper wrapping is great for gifts. Also colourful magazines, or brown paper bags – especially for kids who just tear the wrapping apart anyway!
Ewan: No wrapping paper required for Oxfam’s Unwrapped gifts. On behalf of your gift recipient, you purchase such things as a goat, a well, a veggie garden to help people lift themselves out of poverty.
Kevin: When buying gifts for children, instead of four gifts make it three and give a donation to a cause they can relate to.
Adeline: If you can’t get around gift giving, gift cards for services, e.g. massages, a dinner, etc. are a good option.
We picked a nice sunny day to have a stall at the Gleadell Street Market.
We were collecting signatures for our Proudly Plastic Free Campaign and we chatted to shoppers about the issues. It also gave us a chance to check out how the market’s Plastic Bag Free status is going.
The answer was “not well”. Many stallholders are now handing out “biodegradable” bags, no doubt believing that these are an environmentally friendly alternative to regular plastic bags. But a Senate Enquiry released last year says that these bags don’t decompose, instead they breakdown into harmful microplastics.
This is something that YCAN will be investigating further.
YCAN at Richmond’s Gleadell Street Market
Great news from our friends at Market Forces. Both CommBank and Medibank Private have announced plans to begin divesting from fossil fuels. YCAN made written submissions to both companies requesting this action. Thank you to our supporters who have also done so. It is great to see active campaigning achieving results!