We want to continue to support you to live sustainably, learn new skills, and connect to each other and nature, while we’re increasingly at home due to COVID-19.
Following our recent virtual screening and panel discussion of The Story of Plastic, we’ve collated useful resources so you can find out more about the waste and plastic industry, and how you can take action.
The documentary took a sweeping look at the human-made crisis of plastic pollution, it’s history, and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. The Story of Plastics features powerful footage spanning three continents, including interviews with experts and activists working to make positive change. It paints a clear picture of the unfolding and complex issue, and inspires us to take action to #BreakFreeFromPlastic.
What can I do?
- Watch The Story of Plastic and/or host your own screening
- Find out more about South Australia’s Single-use and Other Plastics Bill
- Support an active campaign – see here
- Join the Break Free from Plastic movement
Useful resources and information
Below is a collation of useful resources so you can find out more.
Addressing plastic pollution in South Australia
- Plastic Free SA – plasticfreesa.org/
This site includes the following resources to support cafes during COVID-19:
- KESAB environmental solutions – kesab.asn.au/
- Green Industries SA, Government of South Australia – greenindustries.sa.gov.au
- For South Australian inquiries you can contact Alana Potts, Project Officer, Green Industries on 8204 1530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian Government’s approach to addressing plastic pollution
- 2018 National Waste Policy – environment.gov.au/protection/waste-resource-recovery/publications/national-waste-policy-2018
- National Waste Policy Action Plan – environment.gov.au/protection/waste-resource-recovery/publications/national-waste-policy-action-plan
- National Packaging Targets – packagingcovenant.org.au/who-we-are/australias-2025-national-packaging-targets
- Threat abatement plan for the impacts of marine debris on the vertebrate wildlife of Australia’s coasts and oceans (2018)- environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/tap/marine-debris-2018
More information about the plastics crisis:
- Plastics Atlas – boell.de/en/plasticatlas
- National Geographic (Planet of Plastic?) – nationalgeographic.com/environment/planetorplastic/
Information about the Circular Economy (The Ellen MacArthur Foundation):
- General information – ellenmacarthurfoundation.org
- New Plastics Economy – ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/our-work/activities/new-plastics-economy
Europe’s response to the issue of plastic pollution:
- European Union – https://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/plastic_waste.htm
- Zero Waste Europe – https://zerowasteeurope.eu
Other relevant organisations:
- 5 Gyres – 5gyres.org
- Plastic Oceans – plasticoceans.org
- Plastic pollution Coalition –plasticpollutioncoalition.org
- Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives – no-burn.org
- Zero Waste Australia – zerowasteaustralia.org/zero-waste-solutions/
- Plastic Free July – plasticfreejuly.org
- Million Acts of Blue – A Toolkit for a Plastic Free Future – greenpeace.org/international/campaign/toolkit-plastic-free-future/
- Seaside Scavenge – seasidescavenge.org/spring-into-scavenge
- Adopt a Spot – facebook.com/adoptaspotscheme/
- Trash Hero Adelaide (weekly clean ups of Adelaide beaches) – trashhero.org/network/trash-hero-adelaide/