a few months ago we elected a new committee, got a new logo and have big things planned!
starting with an early adopter program for local small business, and culminating in the transition to single use plastic bag free status for 3228 by the end of 2012. might be ambitious, but you have to aim big!
our new logo is shown here – thanks to coops at reef for doing it up for us.
while we’re thanking people, the campaign would have ground to a halt if not for the help of a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers, the businesses who have taken on our message and have started making changes in their stores, people giving their time to help us out and extending big favours to make it all happen! cheers guys!
the list is long, but you can go to our supporters page to check out some of the names…and help them out by giving them your custom.
have a look at what the surf coast times had to say about up collective’s recent contribution to the high tide festival here.
up collective’s work had been inspired by plastic bag free torquay and the issue of plastic litter in the marine environment.
up collective has made its debut with two installation pieces at this year’s high tide festival in support of plastic bag free torquay.
rachel burke’s ‘bloom’ and stacie bobele’s ‘destination: water’ are both critical responses to the threat of plastic litter in the marine environment with the sole aim of making people think about their choices at the supermarket.
her involvement with up collective was “interesting timing” after a visit to the matine discovery centre with her young son. “we’d learned how damaging plastic bags can be once they are floating about in the ocean;” she said. “especially when they look a lot like jellyfish, animals like turtles eat them by mistake and suffer slow, painful deaths.”
this horrible thought had stuck in her mind and provided the motivation and inspiration for ‘bloom‘, an outdoor installation located at cosy corner that brings together solar lights, recycled plastic shopping bags and lampshade frames to resemble jellyfish. “i really want people to understand how easy it is for plastic bags to get caught up in our ecosystem and do real damage, particularly in seaside towns like torquay”.
destination: water has been created with the marketing strategies of the bottled water in mind, but with a twist. the focus is not on the water’s origins, but on the bottle’s destination. “bottled water in the first world is a perfect metaphor for the carelessly destructive lifestyles the media and advertising have convinced us are the key to beauty and happiness.” says the work’s creator, stacie bobele “the marketing of bottled water has to be the jewel in the crown of advertising. They’ve managed to sell the same product that comes from the tap at roughly 250 to 300 times the cost. all wrapped in a nice plastic container that will not break down, but will instead break up into smaller pieces of chemical waste.”
high tide is on in various locations throughout torquay between 2 and 4 december.
“recycling” probably isn’t the right term for it.
plastic free times recently asked plastic bag manufacturer hilex poly about recycling single use plastic bags, and here’s what was said:-
“You can’t make a bag out of a bag. At present, available technology only allows for 30% post consumer high density polyethylene (HDPE) to be added to the next generation of bag because the recycling process weakens polymer chains needed for a new bag’s structural integrity. This translates to 70% virgin material being added to the next generation of bags. Which means every time you recycle one bag, you net 3.3 new bags. And every time you recycle 3.3 bags, you will then net 10. And so on and so on to infinity.” Finally, I asked him, “Mark, is it a fair statement that the product of recycling plastic is more plastic in the world, not less?” His answer, “Yes.”