The truth is that our consumption habits had spiralled out of control. Our mission is not to pick trash out of the sea anymore. It’s to change our way of thinking on land.
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution and reduce their plastic waste – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and keep our communities beautiful.
A soup of microplastics? Yuck!
You probably wouldn’t expect to find something called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on the world map. In 1997, Captain Charles Moore discovered a humongous trash vortex when sailing between California and Hawaii. Ocean currents have collected over 80,000 tonnes of garbage in this spot. He was looking at floating plastic bottles, garbage and tiny pieces of microplastics. Pretty scary, hey?
Activist Ben Lecomte is swimming through 300 nautical miles of this plastic debris, raising awareness of the issue and collecting valuable samples with his team. Follow Ben on his Vortex Swim to find out more.
Earlier this year, a group of researchers studying the deepest part of the ocean—the Mariana Trench—discovered plastic bags and candy wrappers floating seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. In 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish.
Take your trash with you
Earlier this year, we teamed up with Robinson Brothers for Cleanup Australia Day and headed to one of our beautiful beaches, Noosa Spit.
Two hours of trash collecting, five large bags, one ripped billboard and a massive tyre fished out of a lagoon later, it was a bittersweet moment. We were happy with our effort but sad to see that there is so much trash left behind on our beaches.
If you don’t pick up your trash, someone else will have to do it or it will end up polluting the oceans and killing marine ecosystems. Check out the movement #threeforthesea which is encouraging people to pick up three pieces of plastic whenever they are at the beach.
Bioplastic packaging made from plants
As you know, plastic is not biodegradable. It cannot disintegrate. It can only break to smaller and smaller pieces known as micro plastics that further pollute our oceans.
We switched completely to BioPak cups and lids made of paper sourced from managed plantations and coated with Ingeo™. It’s a bioplastic made from plants, not oil.
The production of Ingeo bioplastic emits up to 80 percent less carbon emissions and approximately 52 percent less non-renewable energy than regular plastics. If the 1.5 billion cups and lids used in Australia and New Zealand annually are replaced with BioCups and bioplastic lids, it will reduce CO2 emissions by 12,835 tonnes.
Compostable packaging will completely biodegrade in a commercial compost facility within 120 days. To make sure this waste ends up where it can be fully processed, we’re part of the initiative to build a network of compostable waste collection in the Sunshine Coast area as the BioPak service does not run all the way to our Coast.
We’ve teamed with the amazing people from Plastic Free Noosa (Chad, you’re a legend!) so that the waste really ends up where it should and the lifecycle loop is closed. From cups to rich compost that ends up back in the soil!
Repurposing old fishing nets
Did you know that most of large debris in the oceans is made up of ghost fishing nets? We teamed up with Kellie Lindsay from Tackle Bin Project that provides special bins for collecting old fishing lines and nets that wash up on the beaches on the Gold Coast. We’re hoping to repurpose them by turning them into flower pot hangers, so keep your eyes peeled for this project.
You won’t find the ‘Big Four’ in our cafe
We are a 100% plastic free cafe. You won’t find any of the ‘Big Four’ single-use plastics in our cafe: 1. plastic bags 2. bottles 3. straws or 4. cups.
We use BioPak packaging for our takeaway cups and lids, stock Carton & Co water, have water station to refill your water bottle and have paper straws only. We encourage all our friends in Clandestino family to follow in our foot steps.
Did you know that you’ll get $1 off your coffee when you bring your KeepCup?
There are countless ways to go plastic free. All you need to do is start taking notice of the single-use plastic products in your life right now, and look for more sustainable alternatives.
Good news is that with a little extra effort you can minimise (or even eliminate) your single use plastic consumption. We’re already proud of you for giving it a go.