Sunscreen is killing our coral reefs

Chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate – which are found in many sunscreens – have harmful impacts to the marine environment. A study conducted in 2015 showed these chemicals can affect the mortality in developing coral, bleaching of coral and cause genetic damage to coral and other organisms. Following this research, Hawaii became the first American…

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Your guide to a successful Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July challenges people to ‘choose to refuse’ single-use plastics during July to kick start the journey towards plastic free living. Until I attempted this challenge I had no idea what a feat boycotting plastic is. When I began to notice how dependent our society is on single use plastic and how many places…

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Damaging our oceanic habitat

Our friends under the sea are suffering severely, thanks to our careless dismissal of plastic. Over the last 50 years, the flesh-footed shearwater population has dropped by 30%. Plastic is a major cause of their decline.#PlasticsAction pic.twitter.com/2W8aPCShPh — BBC (@BBC) June 23, 2018 There are tireless occasions where we are held responsible for our offhand…

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12 quotes for war on waste motivation

Some days you forget the reusable bags, the bartender won’t listen to your no straw plea and the coffee shop refuses reusable cups. On these days it feels like you’re fighting a losing battle against plastic. Moments of defeat are when it’s most important for the zero waste community to pick each other up; so we’ve…

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White foam engulfs Dandenong Creek

Melbourne’s east residents recorded a strange white foam that was spotted floating along Dandenong Creek which environmental scientists believe is detergent or surfactants. Chief Executive Officer at Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM) Professor Vincent Pettigrove said, “Obviously, there was a large quantity of this pollutant in the stream and is likely to…

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