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LIVING SMART IN NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

My mates Shani and Tim are Ecoburbia and Living Smart, so here info about their North Fremantle course:

Living Smart is a 7-week course (plus an additional field trip) that will inspire you to make sustainable changes in your own home with your family.

The course is designed with the needs of participants in mind and includes topic such as Waste, Living Simply, Power, Water, Gardening . . . and more. This course is brought to you by the City of Fremantle and will be facilitated by Shani Graham and Tim Darby, the most experienced Living Smart facilitators in Australia.

The next course starts on October 19 at the North Fremantle Community Hall and will run on Thursdays.

The cost for this course is $80 which includes Living Smart membership. Concession price ($40) available for eligible card holders. For more information call Shani on 0417 941 991 or email her at ecoburbia@gmail.com

The Living Smart program is now coordinated by Be Living Smart Inc. For more about Living Smart courses see http://www.livingsmart.org.au

FREO TO RECYCLE MORE AND BETTER

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2017

 

Fremantle’s recycling centre in Montreal Street has doubled in size, with more capacity for recycling metal, batteries, clothes and e-waste like TVs, computers and monitors.

The recycling centre will now be open to the public from midday to 4 pm on Fridays and from 8am to 4 pm on weekends.

The City of Fremantle has also started a home collection service for people over 65 years of age, where the City will collect white goods, e-waste and mattresses from the doorstep.

This will also start in late October. Check the CoF website: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au

 

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NOTRE DAME STUDENTS LOOK AFTER ENVIRONMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, education, environment, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2017

 

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Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY students have declared a WAR on Waste with their mini-campaign to collect disposable coffee cups at campus.

The Sustainability Club members collect the cups from rubbish bins and streets around the campus, and they plan to separate the cups from the lids, as the lids can be recycled, but the cups sadly still go into landfill.

The Sustainability Club was launched at UNDA in the last semester break by mature-age student Claire O’Loughlin, who said that he UNDA Keep Cup campaign has been very successful, where the club sells re-usable cups at cost to students.

If only 100 students buy a re-usable cup that would be at least 500 disposable cups per weeks that don’t go into landfill. UNDA has over 6,000 students and hundreds of staff!

The focus of the club will be on coffee/tea cups, straws, plastic bottles and single-use bags.

The cups are taken from the trailer every day, so that the sea breeze does not pick them up and blow them around town and into the Indian Ocean. I took the photo at 10 am this morning, so that are a lot of cups already early in the morning.

It is great to see our Freo students looking after the environment, as plastic is killing our oceans fast. Well done!

Roel Loopers

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BOOMERANG BAGS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Posted in environment, fremantle, growers green markets, recycling, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017

 

Boomerang Bags

 

The Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market have taken on the challenge of banning plastic bags in the market and will join the Boomerang Bags project this Sunday. 

Boomerang Bags is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities to make re-usable (or boomerang) bags out of recycled material. It was only launched 3 years ago, and already 85,953+ Boomerang Bags have been made which has reduced plastic bag use by around 47 Million!

There are already 273+ Boomerang Bags Communities underway with Fremantle now joining the cause.

Growers Green  have been trying to educate the stallholders, and most are on board but plastic continues to come into the market. This is mostly due to lack of planning, forgetting to bring your own bags for shopping, or spontaneously deciding to buy a few things. 

The organisers aim is to make 1000 Boomerang Bags for Fremantle to really make an impact and be as handy and accessible as the plastic bag. The important thing is they are free for the shop and free for the customer. Shoppers will be offered free-to-borrow, re-usable bags made by volunteers.

It has been reported that Australian consumers use about 3.92 billion plastic bags per year, and it’s up to all of us to make a difference for the health of our environment and the animal life we impact.

Boomerang Bags Fremantle are hoping that sewing groups, social groups, students and community members can help with this wonderful initiative and join on Sundays  for bag making; or create their own bags to donate. All bags must be made from recycled fabric and there is a silk screen available for branding the bags.

The market is on every Sunday from 8 am to midday at Annie Street in Beaconsfield.

 

FREO BAN THE BAG IS BACK

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on April 27, 2017

Fremantle Council decided last night to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. This is the third time in five years Council is giving it a try as the previous W.A. Liberal/National government rejected the proposal in 2012 and 2015, but the new Labor government have indicated they would support local councils banning non-degradable plastic shopping bags.

Already other councils have started the same process and Councillor Doug Thompson said that a survey showed that 32 councils support banning the environment-damaging bags.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton pointed out that it was about the material of the bags and that degradable bags could still be supplied to customers.

Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge said Council should campaign for the general reduction of the use of plastic as it was extensively used. She is right. Single pieces of fruit and vegetables are offered on trays wrapped in plastic by supermarkets, which is not only wasteful but also damaging to the environment.

Roel Loopers

THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEER BEACH CLEANERS!

Posted in beaches, environment, fremantle, rubbish by freoview on October 16, 2016

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! to all those dedicated volunteers who regularly clean up our beaches from the rubbish people leave behind or throw into the Indian Ocean.

It is an utter disgrace that there are so many people who believe others will clean up after them, as we see also at markets, festivals, concerts etc. where people simply walk away and leave food and drink containers as if it is none of their business to dispose of it properly in amply supplied rubbish bins.

I spotted a small group of Tangaroa Blue Conservation Volunteers at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach this Sunday morning. Well done!

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KIMBERLEY COMES TO NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, nature, trees by freoview on October 14, 2016

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There is a bit of competition at Stirling Highway in North Fremantle for the delightful Bruce Abbott of REPLANTS in Wray Avenue, with a new company selling boabs, grasstrees, zamias, kingias and even christmas trees.

Bruce of course has been recycling grasstrees for many years and is a real expert in that particular species.

Buy your XMas tree or boabs on-line at: http://www.margaretrivergrasstrees.com

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CHARGING FOR PLASTIC BAGS A SUCCESSFUL COMPROMISE

Posted in environment, fremantle, plastic, seafarers, western australia by freoview on July 31, 2016

The Town of East Fremantle is trying to ban the use of plastic shopping bags, what the City of Fremantle unsuccessfully tried twice and was refused to implement by the WA government, so maybe a more achievable compromise would be to demand that retailers charge a fee for plastic bags, as they have done successfully in the United Kingdom according to The Guardian.

I quote a section of The Guardian’s recent article below:

# The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October.

# More than 7 billion bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge, but this figure plummeted to slightly more than 500 million in the first six months after the charge was introduced, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

# The data is the government’s first official assessment of the impact of the charge, which was introduced to help reduce litter and protect wildlife.

# The charge has also triggered donations of more than £29m from retailers towards good causes including charities and community groups, according to Defra. England was the last part of the UK to adopt the 5p levy, after successful schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Good to see charging for the plastic bags did not become another profit making exercise but that the money was donated to good causes.

Unlike  retailers such as IGA and Peaches in Fremantle the big supermarkets do not offer cardboard boxes as an alternative to plastic shopping bags, and that also needs to be encouraged as it is a good way to recycle the boxes the goods arrive in at the shops.

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RECYCLED FASHION SALE TO SUPPORT MALAWI

Posted in clothes, fremantle, fundraising, malawi by freoview on November 4, 2015

Recycles Fashion Sale. Nov 7

There is a big fundraising RECYCLED FASHION SALE on this weekend November 7 and 8 to help rais funds to get an urgently needed shipment of clothing to the people of Monkey Bay in Malawi.

All proceeds raised by the Southern Cross Volunteers will go toward the shipment.

The SALE is on from 10-5 at Anjel MS, 70 High Street, Fremantle, so please buy some clothes and do support it!

Roel Loopers

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MAKING MUSHROOMS OUT OF COFFEE THE FREO WAY

Posted in city of fremantle, coffee, mushrooms by freoview on September 21, 2015

Now this, in my opinion, is a much better project for the City of Fremantle to support. It is not another parklet, not another cafe/ restaurant but something really new and creative and a fantastic way of using coffee waste to grow mushrooms. That is real recycling in coffee-mad Freo and I have no problem with Fremantle City supporting this, so I copied this from Mayor Brad Pettitt’s blog:

Julian and Ryan from Life Cykel turn coffee waste into gourmet mushrooms at their Fremantle Urban Mushroom Farm.
What will 300 tonnes of coffee ground waste and mushrooms do for human and planetary health? Follow their journey to find out!
Life Cykel is a new, locally owned, social enterprise using coffee ground waste to create Australia’s first Urban Mushroom Farm.
Collecting coffee ground waste from Fremantle coffee shops, Life Cykel will grow gourmet organic mushrooms to be sold to local restaurants, food outlets and local markets.
And no, they don’t taste like coffee!
The City of Fremantle has jumped on board, already committing $15000 to the project. Now Life Cykel is calling on more like-minded people who believe local food, local economies and a greener future is what we should strive for.
To support this project check out: http://startsomegood.com/Venture/life_cykel/Campaigns/Show/australias_first_urban_mushroom_farm#sthash.DEiORWIR.dpuf

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