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Clean Up Australia Day

Together we can make a difference!

On the 6th of March every year, hundreds of thousands of Australians come together in one united movement to clean up our country. Read on to find out more about Clean Up Australia Day and how you can make a difference.

The Sunshine Coast is famous for its golden sandy beaches, breathtaking hinterland and thriving river systems. Whilst the coast remains a place of remarkable beauty and a popular tourist destination for many, locals will notice that there has been a different kind of pandemic plaguing our shorelines: the plastic pandemic.

The problem with plastic..

The waste pandemic might seem overwhelming and it’s natural to feel unsure of where to begin. The good news is that every change you can implement, no matter how small, will add up to make a big difference.

Here’s some simple ways you can make a difference every day:

· Take your latte to go and make a statement at your local coffee shop with a colourful reusable coffee cup · Reduce your plastic usage by swapping plastic water bottles for a Cheeki reusable drink bottle

· Make an effort to collect any rubbish you see on your morning beach walk or on your afternoon dog walk around the suburbs · Pop some reusable cutlery in your bag to reduce the need for single-use plastic forks and spoons

· Educate your family and friends on the plastic pandemic and the devastating environmental impact of waste · Get involved in impactful community events, such as Clean Up Australia Day

What can you do to help?

According to a recent study, plastic makes up 84% of rubbish found on Australian beaches. The rise of plastics and single-use items has led to an increase in waste spoiling our beaches, parks and forests. Our once pristine beaches are now littered with plastic bottles, our river systems tainted by the pollutants and our national parks have been damaged by reckless hikers and plastic wrappers.

As you can imagine, this has been devastating for our wildlife and ecosystems and will have a flow on effect for all who inhabit this planet. But don’t panic – all hope is not lost!


Clean Up Australia Day was started by Ian Kiernan, an “Average Australian” who saw the devastation waste was causing the environment and decided to do something to change it. What started as a

small community effort has since grown into a nation-wide event that is utilised by schools, governments, workplaces and community groups.

The inspiring movement has now been running successfully for over thirty years, with over 19 million Australians volunteering over 38.5 million hours of their free time to help safeguard our environment.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know like-minded individuals within your local community and make a difference at the same time. Check out the Clean Up Australia Day website for more information on how you can get involved and maybe even forward it onto your workplace, school, or local community group. Sustainability has always been an integral part of Nurcha as a community and as a business and it is important to us that we do our best to spread the word. If you are able, we would love for you to join us this Sunday to clean up this beautiful country we call home. Then pop in to the café for a celebratory breakfast at Nurcha afterwards!

Together we can help unmask Australia’s litter problem so that we can continue to enjoy our beaches, parks and natural environments for generations to come.

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