❎ Week 23: Don’t wash your jeans all month.
Each year, an estimated 1.5 million tons of microplastics end up in the ocean, and about 35 percent of those come from washing synthetic textiles, a 2017 report from International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources found. Yes, even just the act of washing your clothing is releasing tiny bits of plastic into the environment. The best way to curb your release of microplastics is to, first and foremost, wash your clothing less and when you do wash, avoid washing on delicate wash cycles. A Newcastle University study found that delicate wash cycles, which can use twice as much water as a standard cycle, release on average 800,000 more microfibers as compared to a standard cycle. Some additional tips: Invest in a filter for your washing machine and use a LANGBRETT Guppyfriend washing bag.
Take part: May 3–9, 2020
— The Opt to Act Plan – 52 simple weekly challenges for a year of action
* Primary Microplastics in the Oceans: a Global Evaluation of Sources (2017) [IUCN] 2017-002-En.pdf
* Ditch the delicate wash cycle to save our seas (2019-Sep-26) [Newcastle University]
International Compost Awareness Week
Sunday 3 May – Saturday 9 May 2020
* International Compost Awareness Week Australia (ICAW) [ICAW]
* How to compost like a forest: 5 lessons from nature (2019-May-06) [Remember the Wild]
❝ Ecological composting seeks to utilise the wildlife-facilitated cycles of decomposition which occur in nature. Not only does this convert garden waste into rich, nutritious soil, but it also generates habitat for animals and fungi to encourage them into the garden. To start off, here are five simple lessons to help you start ecological composting. ❞