Community & Leadership

Plastic-Free July

Did you know that globally there has been more plastic produced in the past 10 years than the whole of the last century?


In honour of Plastic-Free July, we are proud to bring to light some of Mercedes me Store Melbourne’s past events and initiatives. Presented by some of the globes biggest eco-champions, each event and activation highlighted the problem of plastic waste in society while sharing unique insights and steps that we can each take to make a positive change.

 

Seeing is believing. Which is why Mercedes me Store Melbourne chose to engage with local eco-champion for a unique one-off installation. Joost Bakker’s installation depicted 135kgs of plastic waste suspended in the open ceiling of the store. This is how much plastic waste the average Australian generates each year; of which only 12% is recycled, with the rest often ending up in our waterways and natural landscape. This large scale ‘plastic footprint’ was intertwined with natural tree branches collected from Joost’s Monbulk Farm. It aimed to represent the grim impact it has on the environment, in which our waste is often left to degrade within nature.

Check out some of Joost’s other amazing initiatives over on his Instagram.

Small actions can make a big impact when multiplied. In 2009 Tim Silverwood co-founded the not-for-profit organisation Take 3 for the Sea that asks people everywhere to simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave a beach, waterway or anywhere in nature. Over the past 10-years Take 3 has grown from a grassroots project to a globally recognised movement removing over 10 million items of rubbish from the environment in 129 countries. Tim shared his experiences in establishing the Take 3 charity and his efforts to date building a movement to protect our oceans. As we discover more and more each day about the impacts of plastic pollution and waste on the environment and oceans, it’s clear we need people like Tim and organisations like Take 3 to continue to mobilise each and every one of us to protect our planet. Tim recently stepped aside from his role at Take 3 to build an exciting new venture Ocean Impact Organisation that exists to help people start, grow and invest in businesses that positively impact the ocean.

Discover more about Tim Silverwood here or checkout his latest project Ocean Impact Organisation.

Lastly, but certainty not the least. We have this astonishing art piece, the ‘Flotsam Bench’ by Brodie Neill. Brodie collaborated with an international network of scientists, researchers, environmental experts, beachcombers, engineers, artisans and manufacturers to collect and reconstitute small fragments of plastic washed-up on the shores around the globe to produce this bench made entirely out of Ocean Terrazzo. It was unveiled to the Australian market at Mercedes me Store Melbourne and given the importance of taking a leadership stance on such topics and sustainability in store, Mercedes me purchased the Flotsam Bench, and it is a proud feature of the store.

Learn more about Brodie Neill and discover his other projects here.

 

Plastic-Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Take the challenge and find out more at https://www.plasticfreejuly.org

 

 

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