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CrowdLeaf Newsletter – World Penguin Day – 25th April 2018

Welcome to CrowdLeaf’s newsletter.

What a great evening and well done to the Sustainability mic night Friday just gone (20th April) where many people came, including CrowdLeaf’s Ryan Carter, to say their piece about what they are doing to help the environment. A fantastic idea and so many amazing people out there really working hard to improve our planet.

Again, plenty of events to get involved in to help the environment and meet like minded people.

If anyone would like their articles they would like published on CrowdLeaf’s newsletter then please contact us 🙂

Oh and by the way – Happy World Penguin Day!

World Penguin Day: 23 amazing facts about penguins

Guest Piece By Mar Introini

Not Just A ‘War Against Plastic’ But A Reshape Of The Sector/People Is Needed

Climate Change and Pollution

One Of The Most Worrisome Predictions About Climate Change Maybe Coming True

Why Do We Need New Rules On Shipping Emissions? Well,90% Of Global Trade Depends On Ships

Michael Bloomberg Pledges $4.5m to cover US Paris Climate Commitment

UK Breaks Free Energy Record Again But Renewables Still Need More Support

What Steps Can The UK Take To Reach Zero Emissions By 2050?

Speed Limits On 5 Major Roads To Tackle Air Pollution

London Marathon: Figures Show Massive 89% Drop In Air Pollution

Runners make their way over Tower Bridge as temperatures at the 2018 London Marathon hit record heights

Wildlife and Conservation

Great Barrier Reef: 30% Of Coral Died In ‘Catastrophic’ 2016 Heatwave

One In Eight Bird Species Is Threatened With Extinction, Global Study Finds

Climate Change Leaves Birds Hungry As Chicks Hatch Too Late To Eat Caterpillars

‘Magical’ Mushrooms Mix To Boost Regrowth Of Lost Scottish Forests

‘Very Angry Badger’ Causes Part Of Scottish Castle To Be closed

Endangered Gorilla Kisses ‘Very Special And Significant’ Newborn Baby

Sustainability and Recycling

Sustainability Project: Award Winner And Runner Up

This Japanese Pub Is Made Out Of 100% Recycled Materials

Board masters, Download Reveal New Sustainability Plans

Boardmasters 2017

New Designers Pioneering A Sustainable Fashion Revolution

China To Respond ‘Soon’ Over Import Concerns

Events

Recycling Action Week 22nd April – 27th April

Plastic Attack 22nd April

Public Meeting & age – Southampton Common Forum

Salisbury Vegan Fayre 29th April

Portsmouth Green Drinks 9th May

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Big Green Wheels 18th May

Repair Cafe 19th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 24th May

Environmental Rock 28th May

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Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 18th April 2018

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter!

 

How cute is this little bee tucking in to a flower! So nice to see the sunshine finally!

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First of all, we want to thank everyone who joined us last week for CrowdLeaf’s Litter pick walk! The turn out was a great success and although we couldn’t clean the whole of the Common in the time we were out we managed to clear a huge amount of rubbish – almost half of which could have easily been recycled!

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This month there is so many great events to get involved in so take a look at the Events section to find out what you can get involved in to help the environment!

There is a great event this Friday 20th April – Sustainability Mic Night  – so come and join in!

 

Climate Change and Pollution News

UK Drives Into E-Vehicle Fast Lane With 11% Rise

Climate change Latest UK Becomes First Developed Economy to Examine Paris Agreement Commitments

Grant cash to make city’s buses greener

More Than 95% of Earth’s Population Breathing Dangerously Polluted Air, Finds Study

 

Wildlife and Conservation News

Amazon Coral Reef would Be Ruined By Planned Oil Drilling

Iceland Sets Target Of 191 Kills As Country Resumes Whaling

Destroying The Worlds Natural Heritage: ‘Komodo Is Reaching A Tipping Point’

Green-haired turtle that breathes through it’s genitals added to endangered list

Recycling and Sustainability News

Costa Coffee Vows ‘Cup Recycling Revolution’

Aldi Tops List Of Supermarkets Stocking Most Sustainable Seafood

Aluminium Recycling Rate Improves

Regain App For Recycling Unwanted Clothing Launches In UK

Recycling hope for plastic hungry enzyme

 Events

Sustainability Mic Night 20th April

Southampton Sustainable Fashion Fest 2018 21st April

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 21st April

Recycling Action Week 22nd April – 27th April

Plastic Attack 22nd April

Public Meeting & age – Southampton Common Forum

Salisbury Vegan Fayre 29th April

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

 

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

 

 

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 10th April 2018

 

Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter.

We have some great events coming up including our own CrowdLeaf’s Litter Picking Walk today (Tuesday the 10th) at Southampton Common so please come and join us for that!

Also, please come along to the Sustainability mic night where organised speakers (including our own Ryan Carter) and other like minded people from various organisations will tell us what they are doing for the environment.

We are pleased to say we had a very warm reception to our proposed green enterprise award when we met with Simon Letts fo Southampton City Council!

The War On Plastic

Plastic Pollution Killed Sperm Whale Found Dead On Spanish Beach

Plastic Bag Litter Falls In UK Seas

Micro-plastics Found In Fertilisers Being Applied To Gardens And Farmland

Climate Change and Pollution

BBC Radio 4 Broke Impartiality Rules In Nigel Lawson Climate Change Interview

Shipping Industry Faces Calls To Clean Up Emissions

Underground Travel ‘Increases’ Pollution Exposure, Study Suggests

Shell Threatened With Legal Action Over Climate Change Contributions

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

Plans For Welsh Nuclear Power Plant Delayed By Concerns Over Seabirds

Big Increase In Antarctic

Cement Industry Urged To Reduce ‘Invisible’ Global Emissions

Rare Owl Given The Gift Of Flight After Double Wing Transplant

Climate Change Threatens Rare British Orchid That Tricks Bees Into Mating

Warming Climate Could See Butterfly Loved By Churchill Return To UK

Sustainability and Recycling

In Praise Of ‘Ugly’ Vegetables

This Nonprofit Is Using Plastic Bottles To Light Up Homes

Plastic Free Living: You Can Now Buy Eco-Friendly Coffee Pods

Images below are from Sustainability Matters

Events

CrowdLeaf’s Litter Picking Walk 10th April

Portsmouth Green Drinks 11th April 

Greenpeace April Social and Meeting 17th April

Sustainability Mic Night 20th April

Southampton Sustainable Fashion Fest 2018 21st April

Repair Cafe Portsmouth 21st April

Salisbury Vegan Fayre 29th April

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

 

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time or better yet – tomorrow!

 

 

Crowdleaf Newsletter 4th April 2018

Welcome to this weeks Crowdleaf  Newsletter!

Lets start with the depressing same old line we at Crowdleaf hear all too often.

‘unless everyone thinks or acts responsibly with what they do with their waste, whats the point as there will always be a problem?’ (honestly I have heard this). My reply is: ‘Think of it like a ripple effect, once one makes a change and sets a good example, others start to think then act. This is thinking about our children too and setting good life lessons for them to follow’.

 

Will you be an a person to follow or a person who follows?

If everyone had this attitude, not only will the ocean be empty of sea life replaced by pollution, we will be swimming in our own rubbish in no time so a big massive thank you goes out to all who are working so hard for the welfare of the planet because it does go a long way to make it a better place.

In 1 week, we have our CrowdLeaf Litter Picking event at Southampton Common so please keep a space in the diary and meets us down there!

We have a great guest article and infographic about why straws are bad for the environment so a big thank you Hugh for taking the time to create this piece.

We are still looking to organise a regular Plogging event so anyone who is interested please contact us and we will arrange a date for this to start.

Also listen out for CrowdLeaf’s Ryan Carter on Voice FM Radio 103.9 on Thursday 6th April.

For anyone who would like their event or article on our weekly newsletter please contact us.

Hope you all have a great week!

Ps. Lots of events happening this month so please check them out in the Events section! 🙂

Guest Article

By Hugh at Get Green Now

Plastic straws are everywhere. They come with soft drinks, juice boxes, and are even available at many restaurants. Each day, we use straws, largely without even noticing them. It is for this reason that seemingly small and negligible plastic straws have become so damaging to the environment.

This infographic by Get Green Now helps to illustrate the damaging effects of a single plastic straw on the environment. It also displays interesting facts to help make it easier to understand the sheer severity of the global plastic problem.

Why Are Straws Bad For The Environment, (Facts, Statistics and Infographic)

The War On Plastic

‘Largest’ Plastics Haul In Cardiff River Bank Clean-Up

Co-op To Switch Own-Brand Water To 50% Recycled Plastic Bottles

Bottle And Can Deposit Return Scheme Gets Green Light In England

Government Considering Plastic Bottle Deposit Scheme To increase Recycling And Reduce Litter

First Of London’s New Drinking Fountain Locations Revealed

‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ Sprawing With Far More Debris Than Thought

Climate Change, Pollution and Energy

Fiji PM: Climate Change Threatens Our Survival

‘Extreme’ Fossil Fuel Investments Have Surged Under Donald Trump, Reports Reveal

Climate Change Soon To Move 140m People, World Bank Warns

Destruction Of Nature As Dangerous Climate Change, Scientists Warn

European Cities Consider Making Public Transport Free To Tackle Air Pollution

Pollution Experts Quit Clean Air Group

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

UK To Tighten Laws On ‘Abhorrent’ Ivory Trade

Underwater Melting Of Antarctic Ice Is Far Greater Than Thought, Study Finds

A Week In Wildlife – Stunning Images

3 Million Mice And Voles Die Trapped In Bottles

Sadiq Khan Accuses Ministers Of Stalling Over Post-Brexit Environment Watchdog

Bulgarians Rush To Save A Phalanx Of Distressed Frozen Storks

Hoe IVF And Stem Cell Science Could Save The Northern White Rhino From Extinction

Australian’s Birds Are Not Being Protected By Environment Laws, Report Says

Sustainability and Recycling

2,000 People Took This Recycling Test – And None Of Them Scored 100%

This College Wants To Be The First 100% Renewable Campus In The World

Leather made From Pineapple Leaves

Portland Pub Replaces Beef With Vegan ‘Impossible’ Burgers

Events

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean 7th April

CrowdLeaf’s Litter Picking Walk 10th April

Portsmouth Green Drinks 11th April 

Greenpeace April Social and Meeting 17th April

Sustainability Mic Night 20th April

Southampton Sustainable Fashion Fest 2018 21st April

Salisbury Vegan Fayre 29th April

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

 

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

 

 

 

 

 

The Environmental Impact of Plastic Straws – Facts, Statistics, and Infographic by Hugh from Get Green Now

A small, plastic straw – It’s something that comes with most beverages that we order, from soft drinks to even a glass of water.

Though at first this small straw may not seem like a lot, when its usage is added up, plastic straws create a big problem for the environment.

And, with the USA using 500 million straws every day (enough straws to circle around the Earth 2.5 times!), that’s a lot of trash and potential litter.

In this infographic and article below, learn about the impact of plastic straws on the environment, and how you can make a big difference just by rejecting the use of straws.

Environmental Impact Of Plastic Straws Infographic

 

Environmental Impact Of Straws (Why Are Straws So Bad For The Environment?)

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1. Plastic Straws can’t be easily Recycled

Straws are most commonly made from type 5 plastic, or polypropylene.


Although type 5 plastic can be recycled, it isn’t accepted by most curbside recycling programs. When plastic straws aren’t recycled, they end up in landfills, or even worse, polluting our oceans.

Make sure you check your local municipality website to see if plastic straws can be recycled in your area.

2. Plastics do not Biodegrade, and never fully Degrade

In order to understand the environmental impact of straws, it is important to know the difference between biodegrading and degrading:

Biodegrading is when an item can be naturally broken down and digested by micro-organisms, and then naturally recycled into new organic molecules and life.

On the other hand, degrading is just the process of breaking down into smaller pieces. When plastic degrades, the bulk of the plastic will seem to disappear – However, what’s really happening is the plastic is breaking into smaller, invisible pieces that will always still be on Earth.

With that being said, plastic straws take up to 200 years to degrade, but will never be fully off the Earth, as plastics are not biodegradable. To make matters worse, the degrading of plastic releases chemicals that are toxic to wildlife and the environment.

3. Straws are littered very often, and harm Ocean Wildlife

Whenever there is an ocean coastline cleanup, plastic straws never fail to make it on the list of one of the most found ocean litter.

And, as of early 2018, data from Ocean Conservancy’s TIDES system shows us that straws/stirrers are the 11th most found ocean trash in cleanups, making up about 3% of recovered trash.

All these straws and plastic polluting our oceans is having a negative impact on marine life. Take for example the video below, where researchers off the coast of Costa Rica remove a plastic straw that had been embedded in the nostril of an Olive ridley sea turtle.

It’s likely that the sea turtle accidentally swallowed the straw, and then had it stuck up its nostril while trying to cough the straw out.

Straws are also especially dangerous to seabirds, as they can be easily picked up and swallowed, suffocating and choking the bird. In fact, over 1 million seabirds die each year from ingesting plastic.

The image below of a dead albatross chick shows just how much damage plastic can do to animals that ingest it:

Image By Chris Jordan (via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters) / CC BY 2.0

Take Action: Sign the Pledge and Stop Using Straws

Plastic straws are non-essential part of our life, and yet they cause so much damage to the environment. The simplest way to reduce plastic pollution is to reject the use of single-use plastics, like straws.

Get Green Now have partnered up with the One Less Straw campaign to bring you this article and raise awareness about the harmful outcomes of straws on the environment.

Take the One Less Straw pledge and stop using single-use plastic straws for at least 30 days, and you’ll receive a free reusable glass straw (excluding shipping), courtesy of Simply Straws and OneLessStraw. You can learn more about OneLessStraw below.

This was originally posted on Get Green Now by Hugh,who kindly said we could share his piece.

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 19th March 2018

Hello and welcome to CrowdLeaf Newsletter.

Come and join us, the CrowdLeaf Team on our CrowdLeaf Litter Picking Walk on 10th April 17:00 – 18:30 meeting and the Hawthorne Cafe in Southampton Common.

We would also like to start a regular Plogging group so if you are interested in keeping fit while keeping the environment litter free then please contact us vis the email addresses at the bottom of the newsletter.

Also don’t forget if you have an article you would like to share or an event would like us to get involved in and have published on our newsletter please contact us and let us know and we can see how we can help!

The War On Plastic

Our Aim Is To Change The History Of Plastic, Says Compostable Packaging Creator

All-Female Crew To Cross The Pacific To Fight Against Plastic Pollution

The WHO Launches Health Review After Microparticles found In 90% Of bottled Water

Climate Change, Pollution and Energy

Arctic Warming: Scientists Alarmed by ‘Crazy’ Temperature Rises

Air Pollution Is A National Health Emergency

Ban New Petrol And Diesel Cars In 2030, Not 2040 Says Think Tank

Plan To Cut Glasgow Air Pollution Is A Failure, Say Campaigners

4 Psychology Lessons That Can Teach Us About Inspiring Climate Action

Offsets For Emissions Breaches Prove Australian Has A Carbon Market, Labour Says

Billion Dollar Polar Engineering ‘Needed To Slow Melting Glaciers’

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

Drug’s, Plastics And Flea Killer: The Unseen Threats To UK Rivers

Fears For Wildlife As Migratory Birds Fly In To UK Snowstorm

Shutting Down EU Ivory Trade Is A ‘Personal Priority’ For Boris Johnson

Worlds Great Forests Could Lose Half Of All Wildlife As Planet Warms

Wild Quolls Take Bait Of Cane-Toad Sausages, Offering Hope For Species

Recycling and Sustainability

This Is What Recycling Looks Like In The UK

Disappearing Clothing Banks Leave Charities Devastated

This London Bench Absorbs As Much As 275 Trees

Dirty Kitchen Roll Amongst Things Britons Think They Can Recycle

Scottish Council Plans To Fill Potholes With Recycled Plastic Waste

Events

Great British Spring Clean 2nd – 25th March

New Forest Spring Clean 17th – 25th March

Antarctic Lectures: The Albatross About Our Necks 22nd March

Earth Hour 24th March

Uk Butterfly Recorders Meeting 24th March

Seed And Plant Swap 1st April

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean 7th April

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

 

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 13th March 2018

Hello and welcome to CrowdLeaf’s Newsletter.

We are passionate about keeping our planet as green and pollution free as much as we possibly can so we have organised our own CrowdLeaf’ Litter Picking Walk on 10th April 17:00-18:30 at Southampton Common. We will be meeting at Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre so please feel free to join us as everyone is welcome.

We would like to know about everyones efforts on how you are keeping your area litter free on this Great British Spring Clean. Just drop us an email and let us know what you have arranged or have achieved already and we can publish this great news on our newsletter to show the wider community what we can all do for our environment!

A massive well done to Bitterne Litter Team for their efforts for the British Spring Clean on 10th March! So much rubbish was collected on this litter pick!

The War On Plastic

The UK Needs A Deposit Return Scheme For Plastic Bottles

Aldi Unveils Sweeping Measures To Slash Plastic Waste

Krill Found To Break Down Micro-Plastics – But it Won’t Save The Oceans

Five Ways To Break Up Plastic

Climate Change and Pollution

Germany’s New Government Deal Fails The paris Climate Accord Test

British River Has The Worst Recorded Microplastic Pollution In The World

UN Urges Global Move To Meat And Dairy-Free Diet

Burning Coal may Have Caused Earth’s Worst mass Extinction

Southampton Council Bosses Take To The The Streets To Tackle Drivers Sat Idling In Cars

Wildlife and Conservation

Krill Fishing Poses Serious Threat To Antarctic Ecosystem

Return of Pine Martens Could Save Britain’s Red Squirrels, Say Scientists

Mass Die-Off Of Sea Creatures Follows Freezing UK Weather

Sustainability and Recycling

EAC Accuses Government Of Lack Of Action Over Coffee Cup Recycling

Lidl Vows To Crack Down On Plastic Waste By Eliminating 5p Bags

Gum-Drop Recycles Used Chewing Gum Into New Useful Products

Events

Great British Spring Clean 2nd – 25th March

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 14th March

Sea Palling Beach Clean 18th March

2018 Antarctic Lectures: The Albatross About Our Necks 22nd March

Earth Hour 24th March

Uk Butterfly Recorders Meeting 24th March

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean 7th April

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Organic Veg Box Finder – Soil Association

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

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ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 14th February

Welcome to this CrowdLeaf Newsletter and Happy Valentines Day from the CrowdLeaf team! 

In that fashion, lets remember that we achieve more together than alone.  This valentines, were with you and together we are more.

This week comes with some great news that Scotland is planning to ban plastic straws by the end of 2019 – and more on plastic, conservation, green issues and ways for you to get involved.

Events

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Sholing Valleys Volunteer Day 25th February

Weston Shore Beach Clean 25th February

Moonlight Owl Prowl 1st March

Great British Spring Clean 2nd March

Lepe Beach Clean 3rd March

Sustainable Business Network Events – Changes To Env Management Systems – 23rd March

Marwell Zoo – New Tropical House – See How A Renewable Energy Scheme Works – 16th March

New Forest – Spring Clean

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Organic Veg Box Finder – Soil Association

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

 

 Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

As you have read this far… :

Try – Air Water Trees Animals (ATWA) by System of a Down or Puscifer –The Humbling River

(Listen to the lyrics)

 

For a plastic free revolution we need new lenses by @MarIntroini

A simple question – one in which Mar asked me (@rwscarter- Ryan) about recently while I was on the radio, what is more important? Education or Innovation?

Well here is her answer.

 

A matter of Education or Innovation: which “lenses” come first? For a real plastic free revolution we need a solid educational framework that shapes habits and attitudes for finally building a new green culture. Parallel to this process is Innovation on technology, an essential element and an ally for green goals.

We need to be educated to adapt effectively to the new challenges by changing habits and at the same time innovate and make this process easy and sustainable within a world that moves through digitalization. A green future should be based on Education and Innovation and also through an innovative educational framework that delivers values around protection to the environment.

Let´s have a look at some data to wake up to a devastating reality around the environment and in particularly in relation to plastics:

An estimated of 12 million barrels of oil is required to produce the plastic bags used in US each year.

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021*

Around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away*

More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year*

Alarming figures that wake up our society to a new sensible issue that demands action not only in terms of business options but also on a complete reshape of our lifestyle and system. A revolution….

Now, the system moves through a legal framework, is it possible to make a revolution against plastics without a complete reform of the legal system? Even if private initiatives are dominating the stage of the green market is it not enough and we need a full commitment from the public sector and definitely a new ambitious legal status.

Is precisely legislation that boosts a green way of doing business although always with the support of bottom up initiatives. Which is clear is that we cannot rely only on the latest and the progress would come from top down strategies that display commitment and structure for a system change.

We need leaders with vision, -not necessary visionary- but with the political will to make a change. Not only for cancelling the “plastic industry” but to give alternatives that reconvert the sector into a new and productive industry able to reinvent themselves with innovation and creativity. Is it here that the political support becomes paramount in terms of investment on innovation. From the side of the plastic misuse and irresponsible consumption we must be focused on educating individuals and change their lifestyle no matter the influence of the public sector. The private sector could play a very important role on changing cultural habits by using the speed of social media and the powerful influence of a global structure. Multinationals are key actors to implement new practices and develop new individual habits on an equal impact around the world. In which cultures are not a burden but the necessary complementary element.

Even if political support is a very important factor to take into account, U.S. is a good example that is not necessary essential, which is definitely very important is a legal framework that allows the continuity of pursuing Green goals. The focused policies from Mr. Trump against the own existence of climate change and the investment on clean energies have exposure the power of individual action from millions of citizens in America that want to fight back and are achieving green results with or without public support. This rebellion from the citizenship (coming from all the Political parties) gives the green revolution a new boost and a new vision in which the center of the initiatives are not public. That is precisely what we need for a results-driven strategy against plastics: the determination and awareness from the citizens to make a change of their traditional lifestyle on an almost anarchic basis.

Despite the traditional standardization of concepts, habits and business we must make the effort of “seeing green” where others are not able to do so. The environment depends on this individual option of delivering clean practices. Is our responsibility and empower us to become active agents for change.

Vision it´s important to see the devastating impact of plastics in oceans and in our lifestyle, however there is an even more important element that is awareness and information. Both are missing and clearly the data is not coming from the pubic sector but from an active and engage civil society.

Its ‘a historical momentum for a radical change of the “lenses” of mistaken traditions and move towards a new vision on green, with or without public support.

*http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/iceland-plastic-free-packaging-own-brand-products-recycling-pollution-environment-a8161081.html

* SDG´s 12+14= the panoptic for plastic waste

*https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change

*https://www.plasticoceans.org/the-facts/

Stop Supermarkets using non-recyclable food Packaging

This is a guest piece by an active campaigner on plastic pollution and one who is pushing, as we are, for action from above.

The person behind the petition that asks for the CEO’s of all major UK super markets to drop or change the use of plastic for food wrapping, to no wrapping where it not needed, compostable if it is possible and as minimum recyclable. CrowdLeaf.org.uk are fully behind this and we offer a range of green and environmentally responsible products in the CrowdLeaf Store.

The petition can be found at : https://www.change.org/p/stop-supermarkets-using-unrecyclable-food-packaging

My name is Simon Goldsmith, I started a petition to ‘Stop Supermarkets using non-recyclable food Packaging’ because l got so annoyed when trying to recycle and reading on most of the plastic packaging ‘This plastic is not currently recycled’.

This made me think how much of our supermarket food packing is not currently recyclable. I found a large majority of it is the fruit and veg and to be honest 90% of this does not need any sort of packaging.

This made us change the way we shop, to finding a farm shop and buying all our fruit and veg from there. I appreciate this is not achievable for everyone, as some farm shops can be considerably more expensive and not convenient.

The final push for me was on our family holiday to Porthtowan in Cornwall. We were shocked by the micro-plastics on the beach.

As a consumer, we can’t choose how our food is packaged, the Supermarkets have an environmental obligation to make the packaging environmentally friendly. A consumer needs to be able to trust and respect the corporation they are buying from.

I understand the Supermarkets don’t package the food themselves but they have the power to make the producers comply.

Hopefully my petition will raise awareness and put pressure on the Supermarkets to change.

The more single-use plastic that is produced means it will eventually end up in landfills in developed countries and rivers and oceans in developing countries, then getting moved around the world’s oceans.
I believe the plastic problem needs to be tackled at both ends, one to reduce the amount of plastic being produced and two to clean up the current plastic in circulation in the oceans.

Currently in the UK there is no service industry cleaning our beaches, only volunteer organisations like Surfers Against Sewage.
I would like to setup a service industry which cleans our beaches in the UK and provides a use for the plastics. The only way the plastics are removed from the ocean is if the beaches are cleaned on a regular basis, currently the plastics get washed up and then moved again by the tides.

This is a serious problem as the fish are eating the plastics and we are eating the fish, the whole food chain is being affected. The effect the plastics are having on the wildlife is detrimental, and this is only getting worse.

I would like to be able to do more and the petition is just a starting point.