Spotlight on plastic pollution

2019-08-06 06:00
Attendees listen during a previous environmental talk. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to cover costs.

Attendees listen during a previous environmental talk. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to cover costs.

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Craft+Graft, a space in Gardens designed for people to come together and drive their ideas forward, will join hands with various environmentally friendly organisations to brainstorm ideas and share information about plastic pollution on Thursday 22 August.

The event, themed “Ocean+Plastic: From awareness to action, what can I do”, will run from 18:00 to 20:00 and is open to all.

“Plastic pollution affects people of all races, creeds and ages,” says Ceylan Thomson, a managing director at Craft+Graft.

She says the event aims to provide the public with the latest information on plastic pollution in oceans, discussing how the pollution challenge is being solved in South Africa. An overview of how to change consumer habits will be discussed to raise awareness and promote conversations around different environmental topics.

In May, the focus was on “Digital Ecology: fighting pollution with clean technologies”, and in June “Climate+Change: An honest talk about the global climate crisis” was discussed.

Thomson says their organisation is dedicated to bringing awareness to environmental issues through the joint initiative by small ocean-related stakeholders, working on the cutting-edge of reducing the plastic pollution in oceans.

Non-profit organisations (NPOs) involved include Save our Soles, Cape Research and Diver Development (Cape RADD) and Sea The Bigger Picture.

They all play different roles in conserving the ocean.

“Yes, each of the respective organisations has had successful campaigns to reduce the use of single-use plastic.

“Craft+Graft tries to limit our environmental footprint wherever we can. We use eco-friendly supplies, compostable packaging, and bio-degradable cleaning supplies. We also encourage our customers to bring their coffee cup and skip wasteful, to-go packaging,” Thomson says.

Tickets at R50 each are available from Quicket.

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