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Plastic Free July: Weekly Catchup 2

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Plastic Free July Weekly Catchup 2: Making Beeswax wraps

This week Alice will be demonstrating how to make your own wax wrap. Wax wraps are great for storing, preserving and covering food. If you feel inspired by that, a donation will let you have a go at making your own (lots of fun). Alice is also going to show you her home-made produce bags and how you might make one yourself!

Week 2 Program
5.30 pm – Meet & Greet
5.45 pm – Dilemma bag (what did you struggle with?)
6:15 pm – Successes! (what did you do well with?)
6.30 pm – Activity Time: Beeswax wraps
7:15 pm – Snacks & relax
7:30 pm – Hammock Café closes

We’ll be meeting every Thursday in July at 5.30pm at the Hammock Cafe (70 Abbott St Cairns) to share stories, run plastic free workshops and giveaway some cool prizes!

Check out the Facebook event 

We hope to see you there!


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Plastic Free Toothpaste Recipe

Ingredients:

Bicarb soda
Coconut oil
Peppermint essential oil

Materials:

Jar or vessel
Spoon

Time to make:

5 minutes!

Instructions:

1. Mix bicarb soda and coconut oil until you get a nice toothpaste-like consistency (not too dry and flaky, not too liquid). Start with bicarb in your jar and then add coconut oil in spoonfuls until you reach the consistency.
2. Add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oils (or another).

How to use:

Just like normal toothpaste spoon a small amount onto your brush and go for it. You don’t have to add the peppermint if you don’t want to – The taste is salty, but coconutty, salted coconut anyone?

Voila!


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Plastic Free Recipes

Category : Plastic Free July

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Here are some scrumptious plastic free recipes: how to make them and where to get the ingredients in Cairns. Thank you to Lucy and Mathilde for putting this together. Lucy and Mathilde are Cafnec Marine Response team volunteers but also run the Purging Plastics: Journey to a Waste Free Life Style blog

Pasta
Ingredients How to do it plastic free
375g Dried Spaghetti Pasta Barilla Brand is just cardboard – can buy at Woolworths
2 tablespoons olive oil Buy in bulk from Community Foods or The Source
1 teaspoon of caster sugar CSR comes in paper at Woolworths
2 garlic cloves Buy from your local fruit and veg market: Rusty’s, Johnsons, Smithfield fruit and veg. Take your own bag for collection

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400g tomatoes
2 tablespoons of fresh basil
1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced
Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions until tender. Drain.
Step 2 Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic. Cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add tomatoes and sugar. Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Step 3 Add basil and pasta to tomato mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Serve.

 

Ratatouille
Ingredients How to do it plastic free
3 -4 Tbsp Olive oil or more Buy in bulk from the Source or Community Foods
2 garlic, cloves chopped or sliced

 

Buy from your local fruit and veg market: Rusty’s, Johnsons, Smithfield fruit and veg. Take your own bag for collection
1 onion slices
1 big eggplant cut in big pieces
2 zucchinis cut in big pieces
I green capsicum (optional), deseeded and cut in big pieces
4 tomatoes cut in big pieces
Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Add the eggplant, stir for few minutes. Add the zucchinis, stir for few minutes. Add the capsicum, stir for few minutes. Add the tomatoes, stir for few minutes.
Step 2 Reduce the heat and cover cook for at least 30 minutes checking that it doesn’t stick. Add more olive oil if it looks dry.

Cook longer if you want it mushier or more tasty

Good with fried eggs or omelettes, in a wrap, with pasta or plain rice…

 

Spinach and Feta Quiche
Ingredients How to do it plastic free
Finely chopped Spinach leaves Loose leaves from your local fruit and veg
150g Feta Cheese (Diced) Take a wax wrap or metal container to the Woolworths deli (or any deli!) If they refuse to put in your wrap, ask for it just in paper and transfer later
5 eggs No plastic here
Plain Flour Found in paper at Woolworths, or buy in bulk from a bulk food store
Salt and pepper Buy in bulk from the Source or Community Foods
1 Leek (diced) Buy from your local fruit and veg market: Rusty’s, Johnsons, Smithfield fruit and veg. Take your own bag for collection
2 cloves Garlic (finely diced)
½ brown onion (diced)
Oil Buy in bulk from the Source or Community Foods
Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Preheat oven to 180oC.

Combine flour and water and knead until you have dough. Roll dough into the shape of your baking dish.

Step 2 Oil pan and lightly flour so the base does not stick. Put in the base in the baking dish for 5 min to harden.
Step 3 While pastry hardens, fry leek, garlic and onion in oil until soft. Then combine in a mixing bowl with eggs, spinach and cheese
Step 4 Poor mixing bowl into the pastry and return to oven. Bake for 20 – 30 min or golden brown on top.

 

Delicious Zucchini Salad
Ingredients How to do it plastic free
Oil Buy in bulk from the Source or Community Foods
Salt and pepper Buy in bulk from the Source or Community Foods
Pine nuts (sprinkle) Buy in bulk (The Source)
1 Zucchini Buy from your local fruit and veg market: Rusty’s, Johnsons, Smithfield fruit and veg. Take your own bag for collection
30g Feta Cheese (Diced) Take a wax wrap or metal container to the Woolworths deli (or any deli!) If they refuse to put in your wrap, ask for it just in paper and transfer later
Iceberg lettuce Buy from your local fruit and veg market: Rusty’s, Johnsons, Smithfield fruit and veg. Take your own bag for collection
5 Mushrooms
½ red capsicum
½ brown onion (diced)
Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Chop all the veggies
Step 2 Fry onion, zucchini and mushrooms in a pan with salt, pepper and oil.
Step 3 Put the fried vegetable on a bed of chopped lettuce and zucchini and sprinkle with pine nuts and fetta cheese

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Colouring in: Plastic Free July

Plastic free coluring in to download

Click here to download and print this fabulous plastic-free colouring in sheet created by Cosima Stockeld of Owlet Nightjar Prints based in Kuranda.

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Plastic Free July: Weekly Catchup 1

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Plastic Free July is here: first weekly catch-up is Thursday 7th July

The power of social change rests in coming together.

So let’s meet up this Thursday and share our Plastic Free July stories and learn tricks and tips from each other and some special guests who are plastic free veterans.

We’ll be meeting every Thursday in July at 5.30pm at the Hammock Cafe (70 Abbott St Cairns) to share stories, run plastic free workshops and giveaway some cool prizes!

Week 1 Program Thurs 7th July:

5.30 pm – Meet & greet
5.45 pm – Dilemma Bag: Tell us what you couldn’t avoid
6.00 pm – Successes!! Tell us what went well!
6.30pm – Activity Time: scrumptious Plastic Free recipe sharing and toothpaste making workshop
7.15 pm – Snacks and relax, Hammock Café closes

Check out the Facebook event 

We hope to see you there!


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Plastic Free July: ‘Bag it’ Screening wrap up

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Thanks to everyone who came out for our ‘Bag it: Is your life too plastic?’ film screening and how to fundraise night on Thursday 30th of June.

We had a full house – apologies to those who missed out!

Check out the pictures from the night and in case you missed it, check out the trailer for ‘Bag it’ here

If you still need to make a GoFundraise page for Plastic Free July click here!

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Plastic Free July: Family Fun Beach Day pictures

We had a great day at Yorkeys Knob on Saturday 25th of June launching Plastic Free July FNQ with our Family Fun Beach Day!

Sandcastles, BBQ, drain stencilling, bag painting, colouring in, singing, plastic free living demos and giveaways!

Check out some of the pictures and a special video made by PhlipVids above, and coverage in the Cairns Post below.

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Bags hand screen printed with our ‘Plastic: It All Adds Up’ logo for the event

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Some of the great prizes for sand castle building!

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Paint your own bag

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Drain stencil project

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Colouring in (want to print and colour your own? Download it here)

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No Waste No Worries plastic free living display

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Purging Plastics display

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Tangaroa Blue

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Ditch plastic straws!

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Plastic bag and coffee cup waste display

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Lovely tunes

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Sand castle comp in action

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Sand castle comp in action

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Drain stencil project

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Nemo facepaint

 


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Plastic Free July: Best Blogs & Websites

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Check out our favourite plastic-free living blogs!

This July, we’re accepting the challenge to refuse single-use plastic. It might be tough to change your consumption behavior, but there are heaps of useful websites and awesome people out there who have been living plastic free in Australia and all over the world!
Find interesting tips and get inspired by their stories here:

Cairns, Queensland

No Waste No Worries shares many useful tips as they document their family’s journey towards waste-free and sustainable living here in Cairns.

Follow Mathilde and her friends’ journey to a waste-free lifestyle on Purging Plastic.

Victoria

The Rogue Ginger, Erin has been living plastic free for three years!

Tammy Logan and her family did the plastic free July challenge last year on Gippsland Unwrapped.

Regan Jade is also encouraging people to accept the plastic free July challenge.

Waste Free Me documented their household’s journey from wasteful to waste free over one year.

New South Wales

Check out Clean Coast Collective’s tips on hosting a plastic-free party

       Follow NSW sustainability champion Tim Silverwood and his environmental movement Take 3 For the Sea

Western Australia

Lindsay Miles gives good tips on zero waste and plastic-free living, simple living and minimalism, real food and recipes on treading my own path.

Check out other blogs and useful website from all over the world here:

Other blogs:

Websites

 


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It All Adds Up: Family Fun Beach Day

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Join our Family Fun Beach Day!

 

Date : Saturday, June 25
Time: 02:00 – 05:30 PM
Location: Yorkeys Knob Foreshore Park (Northern Sims Esplanade)

Details:
A family friendly event for all ages that aims to raise awareness about plastic consumption and its effects on our environment.

With Plastic Free July just around the corner, we would love to show the community what the every-day person can do to reduce their plastic usage, in a fun way!

This event is part of the team’s new campaign called “It All Adds Up”, which hopes to send a positive message and empower the community to make a change.

Some activities planned for the day include:
1. Sand competition
2. Paint your own re-usable calico bag
3. Drain stencilling drains with the message “This Drains to the Great Barrier Reef” – council approved activity
4. Marine Debris – “Where Does This Come From?” game
5. Colouring in activities
6. Tips and ideas for living plastic free

There will also be a sausage sizzle, and there are awesome prizes to be won!

So come on down to the esplanade (North end near the playground) for some fun outdoor activities, we hope to see you all there!

Contact person: Bess Murphy – 0409 696 939
Email: community@cafnec.org.au

MORE INFORMATION:

Join our Facebook event
Plastic Free July
“It All Adds Up”
Drain Stencil Project

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Bag It film screening & how to fundraise for Plastic Free July

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Join us the night before Plastic Free July kicks off for some motivation – courtesy of Bag It! – the film

 

Date : Thursday, June 30
Time: 06:00 – 09:00 PM
Location: Hammock Cafe, 70 Abbott St, Cairns City, QLD 4870

Details:
Bring along your pillows, blankets and snacks to settle in for a passion-igniting story of an average man’s journey to discovering the issue of plastic and ways to overcome its consumptive powers.

Tickets are FREE, but must be booked via Eventbrite.

“Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives in unimaginable and frightening ways. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effects on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.”

Pssst… we will also be launching our very own short film on plastic pollution – be amongst the first to see it!

This event is part of the team’s new campaign called “It All Adds Up”, which hopes to send a positive message and empower the community to make a change. We will also have a discussion on tips and tricks for fundraising for Plastic Free July to help people along the journey.

Want to get involved in Plastic Free July?
1. Make your Plastic Free July Pledge.
2. Help us fundraise (or make a donation yourself).
3. Follow our facebook and subscribe to our upcoming events.

Contact:  community@cafnec.org.au 

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