Finally we end Plastic Free July 2020 on a high note featuring some exciting innovations and solutions happening right now in Cape Town. Guests include Cameron Service, CEO of the Litterboom Project, Jackie May of Twyg, Aaniyah Omardien of The Beach Co-op, and Pavs Pillay/Lorren de Kock from WWF-SA.
The Litterboom Project (LTP) originated in KwaZulu-Natal in 2017 and aims to eradicate plastic from rivers before it ends up in the ocean (90% of plastic in the ocean comes from rivers). Since its inception the LTP has removed more than 200 000kg of waste from rivers. This year, in partnership with the Pristine Collective and the City of Cape Town, the Litterboom Project is installing litterbooms in a number of rivers across Cape Town, including the Black River, and the Big and Little Lotus Rivers. Cameron Service will tell us more about these projects and how the litterbooms work.
Jackie May and Aaniyah Omardien will talk about the Refashion Project which involves five South African designers who created garments and accessories by upcycling plastic waste materials. The design items were shared with five high-profile people – we can’t wait to see how they enjoyed discovering and wearing these wardrobe items. “Our intention this year is to drive circular design ideas. By illustrating that waste material can be turned into “new” items, we’ve shown how materials can be kept in use beautifully. Some of our recycled plastic items have high luxury value, others fun value, they all have aesthetic appeal,” says Jackie.
We will also be joined by WWF-SA’s Lorren de Kock and Pavitray Pillay. Despite the negative press it gets, plastic is an immensely useful material. Unfortunately, it’s also one of nature’s worst pollutants. To curb the major threats to environmental and human health stemming from the ever-growing production and consumption of plastic, we need proper value chain accountability. The WWF Circular Plastics Economy programme works with stakeholders across three critical tiers, namely government, industry and consumers, to deliver catalytic impact at a meaningful scale, while strengthening existing actions of its partners through strong leadership, convening and sharing of expertise.
About Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July is a global campaign to encourage individuals around the world to be part of the solution and to beat plastic pollution in the environment. Estimates are that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean, by weight, than fish. From the tiniest organism to the largest ocean behemoths, plastic poses a threat to all organisms in the ocean. Over a million seabirds are killed each year due to plastic pollution and with over 51 trillion pieces of microplastics in the sea, microscopic plankton are feeding on plastic which causes the plastic to enter the food chain… Our food chain.
At the Two Oceans Aquarium, we experience the destruction caused by plastic pollution first-hand, and we want you to help us to be part of the solution. The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is the registered non-profit and public benefit partner of the Two Oceans Aquarium and focuses on four main focus areas: ocean conservation, awareness, research and education.