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Newsletter January 2016
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There will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050!

This was one outcome from a report presented at the World Economic Forum and it made headlines around the world!  It discussed the need to move towards a more circular model ensuring that less plastics were lost in the environment. Whilst all stakeholders need to be involved in working towards a future where our resources are not wasted unnecessarily and our environment is not polluted, we cannot rely on solutions that are profit driven. Neither can we rely on end of life capture systems such as recycling when oil prices are so low and it is cheaper to use virgin plastic than recycled for new products.

So what can we do to achieve this? Some problems seem too big - beyond our scope to do anything about, but some things we can change.  Awareness and action are our essential tools in ensuring that we each can make a positive difference.  Start with the things that you can act on now.  Start a new BYO (Bring Your Own) or LYO (Leave Your Own - at your office/school) habit and decrease your plastic footprint. Refuse to use plastic cutlery, coffee cups, takeaway containers, straws, plastic bags and reduce your purchase of plastic packaging.  Challenge your friends, family and colleagues!  And most importantly use your voice.  Write letters to companies and tell them their customers demand less packaging.  Tell the government to implement more waste reduction strategies at source. We hear success stories all the time of awareness and then action - let us share yours too!

Plastic Free Seas in action:
On land
A busy start to the year with PFS talks engaging over 600 students from five schoolsPFS also helped launch The Story of Lap Sap Wan exhibit at Pier 8's Maritime Museum.
On the beach
Two beaches have seen action with over 70 people involved in the monthly DB Community Cleanup and Coastal Watch. Over 500 dumped plastic drink bottles were removed from one beach.
Out at sea
The PFS Sea Classroom has returned to sea after her annual haul out for maintenance. She is ship shape and ready to start the first of many student trips for 2016. Click here for program details. 
Urgent Funding Appeal:  Help the PFS Sea Classroom expand the program to include Primary students!  
Due to repeated requests we are planning to offer our unique experiential learning program which engages students out at sea, to include Year 6 Primary in addition to the Secondary program.  To do this we need to buy a full set of smaller life jackets - can you help us raise HKD $10,000 now?
Donate
Plastic Free Seas is grateful for the generosity and support from individuals, companies, schools and foundations to fund our education programs.  If you want to contribute, your donation large or small will help continue to run the PFS land, beach & sea activities.
Microbeads Campaign:
Microbeads are pesky particles of plastic used in some face and body scrubs.  Unfortunately the plastic washes down the drains and out to sea.  What can you do to help?

January Eco-tip:  

With Chinese New Year fast approaching, many people will be buying new furniture and getting rid of the old.  Consider rehoming your unwanted furniture instead of throwing it away.  To donate or buy secondhand, check out the options below.

Green Dot Home          2nd Chance Trading Ltd.       Eureka Furnishings 

Upcoming Events:  

Out To Sea Exhibit - Until Feb 17th at the HK Science Museum
Beach Cleanup
- Feb 20th Discovery Bay (North Plaza Sam Pak Wan) 9-11am

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