Plastic Free Progress..the Big 4 is down pat, but what about the rest?

I love the idea of Plastic Free July as it encourages me to try and keep on the plastic-free straight and narrow and re-energize my efforts ..because obviously we all slip a little at times and who doesn’t love a challenge?! I’ve been quite good in that I gave up the ‘Big 4’ single use plastic’s many years ago. If I forget my shopping bags, I generally always have a little ‘pac a mac’ one in my hand bag and if I forget that, then I have to buy a re-usable one (the new boomerang bag scheme in Torquay is ace). I don’t drink hot drinks, so there goes my disposable cup usage. I don’t use straws and disposal water bottles are a no-no. I have an organic veg box delivered weekly and shop in local stores (no plastic bags for my fresh fruit and veg). Even so my weekly single use plastic intake is still far bigger than I would personally like. I see blogs of people only generating 1 small bin of plastic rubbish a year and I think how do they do it? because lets face it, everything in the supermarket is wrapped in plastic! Bread, cheese, tortilla’s, nuts, frozen peas…the list goes on….

So my personal plastic free July challenge is to start to wipe out all those hidden extra’s. My first victim is bread! As of this month it’s either make my own or buy an uncut loaf from the bakery in a paper bag. So far so good….and once bread is down pat I’ll move on to other items. It’s not easy but we can do it, we just have to learn how!

So jump on the band wagon and join in with your own personal challenge!  #plasticfreejuly – http://www.plasticfreejuly.org

Cheers Sue

Advertisements

great infographic – getting plastics out of your life

thanks to our friends at one million women – here’s a great infographic to get more plastic OUT of your life:

plastic free image

GreenMums goes plastic free in July

PFJ banner We’ll be going plastic free in July! We’ve created a separate tab on our blog so you can follow our weekly updates throughout the month of July. We’ll share tips, challenges, and how we overcame them. Join us and take the pledge – the easiest way is to start with one or two of the big 4 – plastic bags, coffee cups, plastic straws and plastic containers. Plastic bags are the easiest, and here in 3228, we have some great initiatives making it easy for us to go plastic bag free, including the Boomerang Bags initiative. Borrow a bag, and bring it back when you’re next at the supermarket. Look for the existing pick up box in IGA – more coming soon!

Pick your own berries at Ravens Creek Farm

Ravens_Creek

Green Mums had another great Christmas catchup out at Ravens Creek Farm recently and the best news is…berries2

Pick your own berries are on again this year, and the berries are out in abundance.

Their chemical free berries are now available to pick, with a mixture of raspberries, boysenberries, loganberries, blackberries, silvanberries and youngberries on offer.

Berries are $25/kg with containers available. Nibblers passes are also available for $4 for those who like to nibble as they pick!

Cafe now open 6 days a week

And for those who fancy grabbing some other tasty morsels while out at the farm, Ravens Creek Cafe and Farm Shop is now open every day (except Wednesday) from 9am – 4.30pm. The cafe offers house made cakes, Melbourne-quality coffee, and a selection of cold drinks including homemade berry smoothies. They also serve a seasonal breakfast and lunch menu, featuring their famous ploughman’s lunch, and showcasing Ravens Creek Farm’s own produce and meats.

Raven cake Christmas gift ideas…

As well as produce and cafe meals the farm shop offers some unique Christmas gift ideas, with everything form jam making equipment and beehive smokers, to homemade chutneys and handspun wool.

To find out more, and get your hands on some of those incredible edibles, head on out to Ravens Creek Farm 740 Hendy Main Rd, Moriac. Ph: 0455 556 609

Highlights from the recent Surf Coast Energy Group forum ‘Growth: Is bigger better?’

SCEG forum

The Surf Coast Energy Group recently ran a forum on population growth. You can view the highlights on You Tube here

Essentially the forum is about CHOICES.
When we don’t make choices the choice is made for us – and there are major consequences for that.
Shut Down the Anglesea Coal Mine.
Survey the Surfcoast Residents about population growth & livability.
Lobby the Government to create permanent town boundaries to limit growth.

Please send your local candidate an email requesting the above three actions and begin to start taking part in helping protect our precious Surfcoast.

LABOR: Andy Richards: arichards22@y7mail.com
LIBERAL: Andrew Katos: Andrew.Katos@parliament.vic.gov.au
GREENS: Lloyd Davies: lloyddaviesengineer@gmail.com

GET INVOLVED
For only $15 you can join SCEG. Details are on their website http://www.sceg.org.au

Berry Picking at Raven’s Creek Farm – Christmas Break up

berrypick

Its our annual berry picking Christmas catch up!

Friday 5 December 2014 @ 10am at Raven’s Creek Farm, Moriac

Come and join us for some yummy berry picking and home made produce at Raven’s Creek Farm.

Where: Raven’s Creek Farm Café, 778 Hendy Main Rd, Moriac (If coming from Surfcoast, it is just on the left after you cross over the train tracks)

Meet us at the café for morning tea at 10am, and then pick some of the lovely fresh berries. The season has just started!. Please bring along a container or two for taking home your berries.

There will be some light lunch options available from the cafe, or feel free to bring a picnic lunch if you want to stick around. There is a great grassy area for little ones to run around on.

Bookings would be handy, as Hayden will set up a table for us so please contact Sue to RSVP suehopkins7@gmail.com

Cost: Morning tea, berry picking and lunch will be at own expense.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ravens_Creek

Upcoming Green Drinks and Birthday Celebration at Patagonia Store Torquay

Green Drinks – Thursday 6 November 2014 @ 5:30 – 7pm Patagonia Store Torquay
Patagonia Birthday celebrations – Saturday 15 November @ 11 – 3 Patagonia Store, Torquay

Green_Drinks_Invite

Patagonia is having an information night on voting for clean energy…Please come along to Green Drinks at 5:30pm on Thursday 6 November. Dan from Get Up and James from Powershop will be there to give us more information. There will be light refreshments and children are welcome. All green mums members are welcome and we would love to see you! Come and meet other green mums and members of our community. This event will replace our normal monthly green mums meeting.

Also….come along to Patagonia’s birthday event on Saturday 15 November 2015 – in store! This is an all-day event, with face painting, music, board swap, food swap, sausage sizzle and local enviro community. We are also asking any Green mums bakers to lend a hand and bake some home cooked goodies! These will be sold at the event and all proceed’s will go to SCEG and the local community. Last year we had a fantastic turn out by our green mums with lots of cakes being sold. If you are happy to make some cakes please let Sue know at suejack30@hotmail.co.uk.

And lastly, not to forget our annual Christmas berry picking day out in early December…its always great fun and more information will be sent soon.

There are lots of exciting things to get involved in over the next few weeks, so we look forward to seeing you there!!