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Say No to Single Use Plastics at Home

Chico bags newsletterCleaning up the coastline is a great way to help the environment, but if we don't change our behaviour and reduce our use of single use plastics the issue of ocean pollution will never be conquered.

Each of us can contribute in cutting down the use of single use plastics, and our online Sea Store offers some sustainable alternatives to the never-ending list of environmentally unfriendly products.

One of those well-known and infamous articles being plastic shopping bags. Australians use approximately 4 billion shopping bags each year, many of which are only used for 5 minutes to carry the shopping from the checkout to the car and then are usually sent to landfill, adding to the mountain of plastics contaminating the environment.

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The saddest beaches in Australia finally have a chance!

Happy BeachesA unique nation-wide competition will be launched on World Happiness Day, Saturday 21st March, to find Australia's saddest beach and then blitzed the beach from sad to happy with the help of experts from Happy Beaches.

The competition called Australia's Happy Beaches competition was found by inspiration and passion for healthy beaches and happy communities and has been launched to progress beyond the sad realities of beaches.

The driving force behind the Happy Beaches competition is Griffith University student Naomi Edwards. A Gold Coast local and beach expert, Naomi holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science and a Master of International and Community Development.

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Garbage Guts

bigbookpic"Aria the Albatross and her seabird friends have a problem: They keep throwing up garbage. When she sets out on a long-distance flight across the Pacific Ocean to find out why, she meets other wildlife having trouble with trash. Monk Seal is trapped by a strapping band, Humpback Whale is hopelessly tangled in a ghost fishing net, and Sea Turtle is choking on a plastic bag he thought was a jellyfish.

Once-beautiful beaches, reefs and open oceans are littered by discarded fishing gear, disposable lighters, plastic bags and bottle caps, creating unimaginable hazards for the creatures that live there. As Aria learns, humans are both the cause - and the solution - to the ever-increasing problem of marine pollution."

Garbage Guts was inspired by Dr Heidi Auman's research on the effects of marine debris on Midway Atoll's Laysan albatross. Beautifully illustrated this book should be a staple in every school library around the world. Children are our future and we need them well armed.

For autographed copies of the book please contact Heidi - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Is Your Facial Scrub in the Good Scrub Guide?

FFIFauna & Flora International announces the release of the Good Scrub Guide Australia, a consumer guide to purchasing Australian facial scrub products that are free of microplastics.

Microplastics are the tiny coloured specks floating in many brands of facial exfoliator, shampoos, body scrubs and even toothpastes. This tiny particles are so small they are unable to be filtered by our sewage systems and pass through to the ocean where they become toxic marine debris. So small are they that animals mistake them for food, adsorbing their toxins and entering the food chain where they can potential impact humans.

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2014 AMDI Conference

AMDI2014The 2014 Australian Marine Debris Initiative Conference was held in Cairns from the 4th - 6th December. Tangaroa Blue crew members, volunteers, Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers, Government agencies and other partner organisations came together to network and review marine debris activities that had been taking place around the country during the year, and make a plan for 2015.

Partners were given the opportunity to present on the work that they are doing in relation to marine debris mitigation and how they are contributing to the bigger picture. A large part of the workshop was focused on Source Reduction Plans as a means of stopping debris from entering the marine system in the first place.

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