Re-Usable Veggie Bag Making Workshop

Lunchtime Sessions, PlasticFree, Sustainability

Our September lunchtime session, led by Rose M and Maree A, showed us how to make our own reusable veggie bags.  Attendees all had a go at making their own re-usable bags.
The veggie bags are the perfect solution to avoiding the use of the small plastic bags found in the fruit and veggie sections.

You can read 1Milllion women’s tips on how to make your own  veggie bags HERE

We look forward to having similar workshops into the future! Thank you Ladies for helping us to reduce waste!
#ReuseRevolution

 

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Keep Cups are here!

PlasticFree, Sustainability, Waste

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Every minute around the world, over one million disposable cups are discarded.

Help Council reduce our landfill contribution by purchasing a reusable glass cup, available from the Customer Service desk from today. Cups are only $10 each – that’s a saving of more than 50% off the recommended retail price!

A number of council departments contributed funds to enable our group to purchase 240 cups. We are selling these cups below cost price to encourage staff to minimise their use of disposable cups. If 200 staff were using KeepCups annually, we would reduce our environmental footprint by diverting almost 66 thousand cups from landfill!

All money raised will be used to fund future sustainability projects.

#GREXY Challenge Give A Fork This April

Waste

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This April get #GREXY by Giving A Fork about food and its impact on our planet. Sustainable Table are hosting #GREXY challenges for the entire month of April providing those who sign up with guidance to reduce their impact.

Sign up (donate) and get involved you can either:

1. #GREXY TEASER – keep your cup
Cut the disposable cup, carry a drink bottle and request your drinks shaken, not strawed. This means that for the month you pledge to buy your takeaway drinks in a reusable cup and say no to bottled water and straws.

2. HALFWAY TO #GREXY – meat-free weekdays
Make meat a treat, get your veg on and commit to meat-free weekdays for a month.
Show the world that eating veg is just about as grexy as it gets. Making meat a (free range) treat also tastes way better and is great for the environment too.

3. DROP DEAD #GREXY –crash course in ethical eating
Learn how to eat right for the planet
and your health.
The ultimate 30-day crash course – a perfect intro to sustainable living. Attempt to fit all your landfill waste for the month into one container and learn how to incorporate sustainable eating and living habits into your daily life, without turning it upside-down.

Fore more info visit SustainableTable

 

 

 

Clean Up Australia Day 2016

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Thursday 10th of March Greater Shepparton City Council participated in Clean Up Australia’s Business Clean Up Day. Fifteen fantastic (staff) volunteers participated in the clean up collecting over 100KG of waste in just under 2 hours in extreme humidity! Significant amounts of plastic and glass bottles as well as other recyclables and landfill waste was collected. Volunteers cleaned up around Marungi street, along the Goulburn River and around Princess Park.

Clean Up Australia Day is now in its twenty sixth year, it is a bittersweet event – it is amazing that people are willing to give up their time to help rid the earth of litter but its really sad that we need to dedicate an entire day each year to this. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Clean Up Aus Day was no longer necessary?

Sixteen clean up events happened across Greater Shepparton from local community groups, schools, businesses and individuals getting involved. Tonnes of waste was collected with help of the Parks Victoria and our local community taking action.

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Plastic Free July – Take the Challenge

Sustainability, Waste

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What is plastic Free July?

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to do something about it!

Why Participate?

  • Australians send 1 million tonnes of plastic to landfill each year. And a lot of that ends up as litter.
  • Chemicals in plastic can have harmful effects on our health.

The Rules:

    1. Attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July.
    2. Remember it’s not going to be easy! It is a challenge, not a competition so don’t worry about being perfect.
    3. Collect any unavoidable single-use plastic you buy. Keep in a dilemma bag and share it with us at the end of the challenge.
    4. It’s up to you regarding how long you participate. You might decide to go plastic-free for a day, a week, a month or longer! However long you choose will still make a contribution.

Join thousands of people from over 70 countries saying NO to single-use plastic this July. Accept the challenge HERE. 

Think about it, why would you make something that you’re going to use for a few minutes out of a material that’s basically going to last forever, and you’re just going to throw it away. What’s up with that?” – Jeb Berrier

Environmental Tooth Brush

Sustainability, Waste

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The hundreds of choices we make each day impact our environment.

Sometimes it’s a big decision.. sometimes it as small as changing your toothbrush!

In Australia, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of by Australians each year, amounting to approximately 1000 tonnes of landfill each year. The plastic they’re made of won’t break down in our lifetime. Nor within the lifetime of our children. Imagine that on a global scale.

Luckily their are alternatives such as the Environmental Toothbrush.

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