Our Mission: Use less plastic!

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Why is plastic harmful?

Plastic never goes away.

Plastic affects human health.

Plastic spoils our groundwater.

Plastic attracts other pollutants.

Plastic threatens wildlife.

Plastic piles up in the environment.

Plastic poisons our food chain.

Plastic costs billions to abate.


Get Fitter with Litter Launch

17th Oct 2018

The good news is the solution is in our hands

What you can do:

Use fewer plastic bags.

Always recycle your plastic.

Avoid plastic containers and bottles.

Re-use plastic whenever possible.


http://www.cleanup.org.au/    Clean Up Australia

http://plastic-pollution.org/  Coastal Care (US)

http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/  Plastic Pollution Coalition (USA)

http://www.everythingconnects.org/plastic-pollution.html   Everything Connects

https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/researchpapers/Pages/research-papers.aspx

    NSW Parliamentary Research Service

https://www.unenvironment.org/  United Nations Environment Program

http://www.nepc.gov.au/   National Environment Protection Council

SOME UNPLEASANT STATISTICS ON PLASTIC

Australia produced 2.2 million tons of plastic waste in 2010-11, of which 14% was recycled.  

(Waste generation and resource recovery in Australia Reporting period 2010/11 Final report  prepared for Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities)


Australians currently use 4 billion plastic bags annually, which means over 10 million new bags are used every day.

 (Australian Bureau of Statistics 4613.0 - Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, 2006)


In 2014, researchers from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science found “alarming” levels of microplastic pollution in Sydney Harbour.

 (NSW Parliamentary Research Service: Pollution in Sydney Harbour: sewage, toxic chemicals and microplastics Briefing Paper No 03/2015 )


According to the UN Globally Harmonised System, more than 50% of plastics are associated with hazardous monomers, additives and chemical byproducts  ….  Such chemicals may interfere with biologically important processes, potentially resulting in endocrine disruption, which in turn can impact upon mobility, reproduction and development, and carcinogenesis.

(NSW Parliamentary Research Service: Pollution in Sydney Harbour: sewage, toxic chemicals and microplastics Briefing Paper No 03/2015)

 

Research published in 2014 estimated that at least 5.25 trillion plastic particles are currently floating in the world’s oceans….. It has been estimated that there are up to 150 million tonnes of plastic in the oceans; in comparison, there are an estimated 800 million tonnes of fish in the ocean.

(NSW Parliamentary Research Service: Pollution in Sydney Harbour: sewage, toxic chemicals and microplastics Briefing Paper No 03/2015)

 

Every year over 6 million tonnes of rubbish is dumped into the world’s oceans, 80% of which is plastic.

(United Nations Environment Program Press Release 23 Feb 2017)


With an estimated 46,000 pieces for every square mile of ocean, plastic is responsible for killing 1 million sea birds and over 100,000 sea mammals each year. Turtles, whales and sea birds mistake rubbish for food or get entangled in it, resulting in painful injuries, or even death

(Clean Up Australia Fact Sheet – Plastic Bags May 2015)

About Us

Get Fitter With Litter

 

Want to get fitter and help the environment?


The benefits of getting out in the open air and walking are well documented. Makes you feel good, more energetic, mentally alert and physically fitter. Even better if you walk with a friend or friends. Better again if you have an added purpose.


Half of the worlds plastic that is produced ends up in landfill. The problem of where to put it keeps increasing. Nine million tonnes of it goes into the oceans each year. Fish, turtles other animals and birds think its food, eat it and die. 


Get Fitter With Litter is a healthy, fun way to do our bit towards reducing this problem. Depending on whether you want a serious fitness program, a sociable walk, or just work a mild fitness program into your routine, Get Fitter With Litter will make you feel good.


When walking your dog, on your way to work, taking the kids to school or walking while socializing with friends, take a bag and pick up litter as you go. Those bits of plastic that you pick up will not be killing any birds, fish or other animals.


If you want to do some serious training commit to our version of HIT (High intensity training) combined with stretching and bending when you pick up litter.


HIT is a series of short intensive bursts. Start walking at your normal pace just to warm up, after a few minutes fast walk for three minutes, then back to steady pace for at least three minutes to recover, picking up litter as you go. Repeat three times. On the RPE scale (rated perceived exertion) your top speed should be about a 7 out of 10. It should be a hard workout but within your capabilities. Don’t worry if at first you can’t do three minutes at fast speed, just do one or two one minute bursts  and extend the time as your fitness improves. Reward yourself with a coffee. 


It’s not hard to form a group.  You can adopt a park, a reserve, a waterway, some streets or a big hunk of your town or suburb. Take two bags one for rubbish and one for recycling. Wear gardening type gloves, good walking shoes, coverup clothing and a hat.

 

Be careful on uneven ground and watch the traffic. In the unlikely event of finding Syringes report them to 1800633353. 


If you have any health issues consult your doctor first.


You can do as much or as little as you wish. Just get out and enjoy it. For best results schedule three times a week. You will be surprised how quickly your aerobic fitness improves.

If you miss out on some regular sessions, don’t worry about it and don’t say to yourself I’ll have to get back to getting fitter with litter. Rather say I do this three times a week, I missed a few sessions, no problem I do it three times a week. That way you are keeping to the same commitment, not making a new one.


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Champions

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