Sunday Pick Me Up (February 13, 2022)

Another month, another giant pile of trash – this month we returned to our favourite garbage spot, Shirakawa Park to clean up the city!

In one hour, we picked up a grand total of 62kg of trash!

Lots of new faces this time, it’s always great to see some new people coming out to take care of Nagoya 😊

This month’s Eco-Habit is a classic with a twist…

♻ Fukuro? How about… Fuku-NO! ♻

Originally invented in the early 1960s by Sten Gustaf Thulin, plastic bags were designed to be a strong, simple bag that could be used again and again, with a lifespan between 500 and 1000 years. Fast forward to the 2020s, and the plastic bag is in use for an average of twelve minutes before being thrown away.

Over a trillion plastic bags are produced each year, discarded into the environment and eventually causing the death of more than one million seabirds and over 100,000 dolphins, sharks, turtles and whales by suffocation or ingestion.

Since the plastic bag charge came into effect in Japan last year, we’ve seen a significant decrease in the number of bags we collect from the street – which is fantastic news! It looks like a lot of us have already adopted this Eco-Habit! Let’s keep it up, take your eco-bags with you and avoid buying single-use plastics whenever you can.

Thank you to everyone who attended and gave up some of their weekend to keep Nagoya clean!

Small World will be back next month with another Sunday Pick Me Up on March 13! See you all then!

Matthew, Katrin & Kaja

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