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Always carry a clean and safe container

Always carry a container. You want one that does not contain any endocrine disrupting chemicals and you probably want to stay away from most plastics. Sealable silicone pouches have hit the market and you can also get glass conatiners with sealable lids made with safe plastic. These are convenient if your food needs to stay chilled or reheated. I know a rhyme that helps me avoid toxic plastic packaging. Twelve forty-five, stay alive. Three six seven, straight to heaven. This reminds me to stick with plastic types, one, two, four and five. One and two seem to be the safest overall.

You will be surprised how this simple change can avoid so much trash! When you are eating at a restaurant and you need a doggy bag, you will be glad to have your own container and avoid the nasty chemicals in the styrofoam containers issued. The same applies when you want to get take aways. Ask the person at the till to use your container for packing the food.

When you visit the deli or your local store, you can also ask the assistant to use your container. Saving time by not having to ecobrick pannets, cling wrap and other plastic packaging is bliss. The more you persevere, the easier it gets.

Plus, when you attend a dinner party or buffet and your host pleads with the guests to take home leftovers because there are so much….Ta Dah! You have your handy container on the ready! Man! I love leftovers the next day especially when they come from a party that can sometimes leave you feeling exhausted.

You can make a little zero waste pack and keep it in your car or backpack. Inside you can keep your reusable bags, a reusable straw and knife, fork and spoon, a cotton napkin, a coffee mug with a silicone sealable lid, a glass water bottle, and a small ecobrick with a mini stick.

Make a little check list and stick it somewhere where you will see it everyday. As you plan your day, you will get into the habit of anticipating what you will need and pack accordingly.

You can do it! Your actions will save miles of landfill space and less chance of posioning of wildlife but you also inspire and motivate others. You may not get praise and some may give you a funny look but they are watching and they are noticing and they will get it.

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BREAK FREE FROM PLASTIC

Save the world from plastic

HISTORY OF PLASTIC

Plastic has been around since the late eighteen hundreds and these invented substances have been called plastics because of their plasticity. Plasticity means that these materials can be molded and stretched into something. It is an ambitious task to research and study plastics. Instead of baffling you with poly this and poly that and academic level science talk, I decided to give you some background to plastics in the form of compelling videos.

These videos will give you a brief history, and tell you how they are made and also what happens to plastic in various situations.  I attached the videos because they are far more appealing to what I could write, which may send you into a glassy-eyed slumber of boredom.

MORE HISTORY AND HOW PLASTIC IS MADE

 

 

HOW TO AVOID PLASTIC

Now you know what plastic is and that we should avoid it. I can’t help but feel proud to say that we retired our kitchen rubbish bin. Yes, there is no rubbish bin in our home. There are other things though, like ecobricks and recycling containers, and I am happy to share some tips, tricks and solutions to help you on your journey to deplastify your life!

Avoiding plastic
Deplastify your life

This lovely picture is great head start. I suggest printing it and sticking it on the fridge or where you will see it often. It’s also a good idea to take a snapshot and save it as your phone’s background for a while until you get the hang of it.

 

JOINING THE MOVEMENT AND DOING YOUR PART

More information can be found from Plastic Free July.
Another link to  more information can be found here from Two Oceans Aquarium who have launched the #ReThinkTheBag Campaign.
Let’s do It are going global on cleaning up the planet on World Clean Up Day on the 15th of September. Download their World Clean Up Day App to map polluted hot spots and add to their world wide data. This data will aid communities to pick places to clean on World Clean Up Day.

SUCCESSFUL PLACES THAT HAVE BANNED PLASTIC BAGS

Did you know that Greyton in South Africa has gone plastic bag free? They are officially the first and most noteworthy town in South Africa to ban the plastic bag. Whoop whoop Greyton!

Who else have done this?
Bangladesh (March 2002)
Taiwan (January 2003)
Bhutan (June 2005)
Tanzania (2006)
San Francisco (March 2007)
China (January 2008)
Delhi (January 2009)
Mumbai (January 2010)
Maldives-Baa Atoll (2009)
Philippines (January 2011)
Italy (January 2011)
United Arab Emirates (January 2012/13)

There is a petition to ban the plastic bag in South Africa fir the reason that many South Africans don’t discard plastic properly. Add your name to this petition by clicking here.

A #BreakFreeFromPlastic Campaign has been launched by Greenpeace because plastic has such a negative impact on the environment. Their Cape Town volunteer group are looking for more volunteers to help them raise consumer awareness and clean the Black River. To step up as a volunteer, you can email info@unicorncafe.co.za. Communal service is a great way to gain experience and knowledge because you learn so much from working with different people and implementing projects. If you are looking for a job or want to build your CV, adding community work is attractive to the employer because it shows that you are a team player and care about social or environmental issues. Doing community work certainly also shows that you have initiative and a ‘can do’ attitude which puts you above other applicants. To find out more about why volunteering and community service helps you, click here.

Finally, ecobricking is a great way to contain plastic that you cannot avoid. Click here for more information.

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July 2018 Introduction

Hello Unicorns!

History on July

Julius Caesar

On the 15th of March 44 BCE, the senators of Rom assassinated Julius Caesar because Ceasar’s elevated dictatorship sparked anger in elites. These elites conspired against him.  After Julius’ death, the Roman senate renamed the month Quintilus, meaning 5th monht, to Lulius. July replaces Lulius.

Why was Quintilis known as the fifth month when we all know it is the 7th month of the year? Well, that is because the winter months were not counted in the Roman calendar. They were like a big gap in the year and March was the first month. This was in the Northern hemisphere. Under Julius Caesar’s rule, the Roman calendar then became the Julian calendar to align the calendar with the seasons.

POPE GREGORY VIII

Finally, in October 1582, Pope Gregory XIII adjusted the calendar and this is the calendar we still use today. This new Gregorian calendar accounted for leap years and the term ‘Anno Domini’ (AD) meaning year of our lord was introduced at that time.

In today’s times, before the common/current era (BCE) and common/current era (CE) is the preferred use by academics, non-Christians and those who respect biodiversity.

July Currently

Mandela Day

July in 2018 is proving to be quite an influential month of the year. Firstly, because we celebrate Mandela day on the 18th of July. People like you, dedicate 67 minutes of time to community service on Mandela Day. Mandela Day is a call to action emphasizing that the individual has the power to make an impact to transform the world to a better place. Positive change is made by wonderful events out there and we can also experience the gratification that volunteer work provides. Find an activity that calls to you by scrolling down to our events calendar.

 

PLASTIC FREE JULY

 

Secondly, ‘Plastic Free July‘  is a global movement to dramatically reducing use of plastic and improving recycling.  Citizens all over the world are called to address one of the biggest environmental issues we are facing now. Plastic is a massive issue we are facing in the Holocene Extinction period and this is why we are now refusing plastic in July and trying to go plastic free.

I will expand a bit about the global movement, #BreakFreeFromPlastic in this newsletter.

Business Update

Unicorn Cafe is using the services of a business coach to help us achieve our dreams of opening a zero waste store. Our business plan is being refined and all our numbers and books are being brought up to date because we hope to find an investor.

 

Yours in creating a regenerative community
The Unicorn Cafe Team

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