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Trump's Got One Foot In The Grave

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The founders of Smuggy were huge fans of the BBC sitcom “One Foot in the Grave. So the irony of Donald Trump’s recent remarks on the Fourth National Climate Assessment did not go unnoticed.

“I don’t believe it”. The once synonymous catch phrase sprayed generously by the perpetually curmudgeon lead character Victor Meldrew brought canned laughter from a more elementary 1990s audience. Here in 2018, Trump’s remarks, in stark contrast, have brought trepidation and fear, even among his staunchest supporters.

The summary findings of the Climate Assessment re-opened the harsh reality of the Earth’s climate warming. The report engages a new element to the discussion, the cost to old Uncle Sam, the Smug God. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) stated “Under scenarios with high emissions and limited or no adaptation, annual losses in some sectors are estimated to grow to hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century” - https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/

While we appreciate smug at any level, we had to disagree with Trump’s statements on Asia – ““Right now, we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been, and that’s very important to me. But if we’re clean but every other place on Earth is dirty, that’s not so good.”

This childish rhetoric of passing responsibility unfortunately does not stop with Donald Trump. It’s the theory brazenly adorned by governments, big business and, if we are truly honest, at the individual level.

So how do we make change to stop the climate change? We display the phenomenally stubborn attitude of old mate Victor Meldrew. We vote with our feet. We show governments and business owners that we won’t stand for the mindless consumption. And we do it one plastic bag, toothbrush, container, water bottle and coffee cup at a time.

Are Coffee Shops Doing Enough?

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When we hear baffling figures like only 1% of all disposable coffee cups are being recycled, it begs the question: “who is responsible?”

Coffee shop owners in the vast majority of cases are hugely personable people. We all know our local coffee shop baristas and owners. We chat to them when we grab our almond lattes or short blacks.

Maybe it is time for customers to demand a little more than a morning brew and a chin wag. Maybe we should be questioning our coffees shop’s waste management decisions.

I am lucky, I work in Barangaroo and live in Bondi, two places quite progressive in promotion of the reusable coffee cup. Barangaroo as an area is especially innovative, forcing businesses to have compostable cup lids and fully recyclable paper cups (most disposable coffee cups have plastic linings which deems them virtually un-recyclable).

Is that enough? We at Smuggy aren’t totally convinced. Recycling is fantastic but reusing is even better. Seeing people walk around with one of our glass reusable coffee cups is a pretty nice feeling. To be honest I support any of the reusable glass coffee cup makers. We all got here for the same reason, to change the tide away from plastics destroying our oceans and landscapes.

When our children look back at our generation and ask what the hell we were thinking, make sure you have some photographic evidence that you were one of the sustainable pioneers of your time. Saying no to single use products. Reusing wherever you can. Minimising your waste.

Be on the right side of this.

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Costa Rica Free From Single Use Plastics By 2021

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Costa Rica, a country known for its stunning rainforests and picturesque coastlines. A strip of land pinned between the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans where tourists flock to drink from freshly fallen coconuts and enjoy the feeling of sand between their toes. A country not known for their environmental innovation, well until now!

Costa Rica’s government has taken the bold and commendable step of claiming to the world they will be rid of single use plastics by 2021. The joint statement from environment and energy minister Edgar Gutiérrez, health minister María Esther Anchía, and resident representative for UNDP Costa Rica Alice Shackelford, read:

“Being a country free of single use plastics is our mantra and our mission.

It’s not going to be easy, and the government can’t do it alone. To promote these changes, we need all sectors—public and private—to commit to actions to replace single-use plastic through five strategic actions: municipal incentives, policies and institutional guidelines for suppliers; replacement of single-use plastic products; research and development—and investment in strategic initiatives.

We also need the leadership and participation of all: women, men, boys and girls.”

This message resonates deeply with the envirocup movement. From a study conducted by the World Economic Forum, every minute one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. This has to stop.

This small country is leading the change in governmental policy to try protect our oceans and wider planet. A big thank you from the Smuggy community.

Reusable Sustainable Products

Don’t forget that you can do your bit. Governments are responsible but so are individuals. Get out there and change your habits. Buy sustainable drinking bottles, do your grocery shopping with a bag for life, brush your teeth with a bamboo toothbrush and get yourself a Smuggy.

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