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​Ten ways to scrap plastic without breaking the bank

Its Plastic-free July and with the big supermarket chains eliminating single-use plastic bags, this is a good time to brush up on some afforable ways to eliminate plastic from your life.

Going plastic-free doesnt have to an expensive exercise or a compromise, here are some handy (and affordable) tips on giving plastic the flick.

Brush up on your grooming[hhmc]
Speaking of brushes…an easy one to start with is your hair brush. Many are made with plastic, however, wooden and bamboo brushes are becoming increasingly popular and dont cost much more. On the bright side, theyre better for your hair and scalp too.

Bean there, done that[hhmc]
Get rid of those coffee pods and get back to grinding those beans. Youll save on two types of plastic with this tip: first, you wont be using plastic coffee pods and second, youll be saving money as it works out cheaper to buy fresh from your local coffee shop or supermarket. Many supermarkets also have a coffee grinding facility available.

Plastic-fr..

Its Plastic-free July and with the big supermarket chains eliminating single-use plastic bags, this is a good time to brush up on some afforable ways to eliminate plastic from your life.

Going plastic-free doesnt have to an expensive exercise or a compromise, here are some handy (and affordable) tips on giving plastic the flick.

Brush up on your grooming


Speaking of brushes…an easy one to start with is your hair brush. Many are made with plastic, however, wooden and bamboo brushes are becoming increasingly popular and dont cost much more. On the bright side, theyre better for your hair and scalp too.

Bean there, done that


Get rid of those coffee pods and get back to grinding those beans. Youll save on two types of plastic with this tip: first, you wont be using plastic coffee pods and second, youll be saving money as it works out cheaper to buy fresh from your local coffee shop or supermarket. Many supermarkets also have a coffee grinding facility available.

Plastic-free July: Which cup would you reach for?

Plastic-free July: Which cup would you reach for?

Put a lid on it


According to Roy Morgan, Australians on average drink 9.2 cups of coffee a week. So how many plastic lids does that make? Next time you head down to your local, bring your own reusable coffee cup and if you forget the cup, opt-out of taking a lid.

Tea-totaler


If youre not a coffee drinker but fancy a brew, get back to your loose leaf and use a metal tea strainer. You might be surprised to know that most tea bags are not biodegradable and use plastic packaging.

Heres a bottler


It seems that everywhere you turn you can buy a drink in a plastic bottle. Why not lead by example and reach for a drink packaged in glass? If we all took this step, perhaps beverage companies might be prompted to rethink their packaging choice.

Tall glass of water


While were on the subject of bottles, you can always opt to bring your own bottle of water with you, whether youre at the gym, doing the shopping or at your work desk. There are many options these days: glass, stainless steel or even give that coffee mug another purpose.

Packed lunch


And while youre at our desk and about to grab your lunch – what did you wrap it in? Plastic cling wrap, right? Why not pack your lunch in a reusable container or using beeswax paper.

Sin bin your liners


When youre done with lunch, throw out your rubbish without using a plastic bin liner. Better options are compostable bin liners, using a bin you can easily hose out, or use yesterdays newspaper (after youve read it of course).

Hang it out to dry


Another easy switch is swapping out those plastic pegs for the old-school wooden ones. You could even look at using some fancy stainless steel ones.

The last straw


Next time youre out for a cocktail or soft drink, choose to refuse and say no to that plastic straw. Like the plastic bag and coffee lid, these single use plastics are wreaking havoc on our natural environment. So in addition to remembering your favourite drink order, remember to add: “no straw, thanks.”

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S&P/ASX 200 remains flat as banks and miners weigh on the market

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) is flat at 5965 points by around 1.55 pm following a 1.5% surge on Friday and a strong lead from Wall Street.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Australia continues to decline, with just five new cases identified in Victoria and no new cases for the second day in NSW.

Travel stocks including Webjet (ASX:WEB), Flight Centre (ASX:FLT) and Qantas (ASX:QAN) gained due to encouraging developments around COVID-19.

However, the major banks are down by as much as 1% following gains of between 3% to 7.4% on Friday after the Federal Government revealed plans to ease responsible lending rules which were introduced in 2009.

Top gainers[hhmc]
Todays top gainers on the ASX include FYI Resources Ltd (ASX:FYI) (+26.32%), Pharmaxis Ltd. (ASX:PXS) (+9.52%), Cauldron Energy Ltd (ASX:CXU) (+26.32%), Golden State Mining Ltd (ASX:GSM) (+9.30%), Macarthur Minerals Ord Shs (ASX:MIO) (+18.10%), Andromeda Metals Ltd (ASX:AND) (+9.68%), Vrx Silica Ltd (ASX:VRX) (+10.71%) and Piedm..

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) is flat at 5965 points by around 1.55 pm following a 1.5% surge on Friday and a strong lead from Wall Street.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Australia continues to decline, with just five new cases identified in Victoria and no new cases for the second day in NSW.

Travel stocks including Webjet (ASX:WEB), Flight Centre (ASX:FLT) and Qantas (ASX:QAN) gained due to encouraging developments around COVID-19.

However, the major banks are down by as much as 1% following gains of between 3% to 7.4% on Friday after the Federal Government revealed plans to ease responsible lending rules which were introduced in 2009.

Top gainers


Todays top gainers on the ASX include FYI Resources Ltd (ASX:FYI) (+26.32%), Pharmaxis Ltd. (ASX:PXS) (+9.52%), Cauldron Energy Ltd (ASX:CXU) (+26.32%), Golden State Mining Ltd (ASX:GSM) (+9.30%), Macarthur Minerals Ord Shs (ASX:MIO) (+18.10%), Andromeda Metals Ltd (ASX:AND) (+9.68%), Vrx Silica Ltd (ASX:VRX) (+10.71%) and Piedmont Lithium Ltd (ASX:PLL) (+53.33%).

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Piedmont Lithium soars 84% on signing Tesla spodumene agreement

Piedmont Lithium Ltd (ASX:PLL) (NASDAQ:PLL) has soared to a new 13-year high after forging a binding agreement with Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) for the supply of spodumene concentrate from the companys North Carolina deposit.

The agreement is for an initial five-year term on a fixed price binding purchase commitment from the delivery of first product and covers a fixed commitment representing around 33% of the companys planned annual spodumene production of 160,000 tonnes.

This arrangement may also be extended by mutual agreement for a second five-year term.

Shares have been as much as 84% higher to A$0.275 intra-day on the ASX, a new 13-year high for the company, on strong volume of more than 54 million.

“First US domestic lithium supply chain”[hhmc]
PLL president and CEO Keith D Philips said: “We are excited to be working with Tesla, which represents the start of the first US domestic lithium supply chain and a disruption to the current value chain.

“The agreement highlights the str..

Piedmont Lithium Ltd (ASX:PLL) (NASDAQ:PLL) has soared to a new 13-year high after forging a binding agreement with Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) for the supply of spodumene concentrate from the companys North Carolina deposit.

The agreement is for an initial five-year term on a fixed price binding purchase commitment from the delivery of first product and covers a fixed commitment representing around 33% of the companys planned annual spodumene production of 160,000 tonnes.

This arrangement may also be extended by mutual agreement for a second five-year term.

Shares have been as much as 84% higher to A$0.275 intra-day on the ASX, a new 13-year high for the company, on strong volume of more than 54 million.

“First US domestic lithium supply chain”


PLL president and CEO Keith D Philips said: “We are excited to be working with Tesla, which represents the start of the first US domestic lithium supply chain and a disruption to the current value chain.

“The agreement highlights the strategic importance of Piedmonts unique American spodumene deposit and confirms the trend toward spodumene as the preferred feedstock for the lithium hydroxide required in high-nickel batteries.

“Piedmont will now accelerate our mine and concentrator development to support Teslas plans, work to further expand our mineral resources and potentially increase our planned annual spodumene contrate production capacity.

“We will simultaneously be advancing our plans to produce lithium hydroxide in North Carolina using a combination of internally produced spodumene concentrate as well as material sourced from other producers around the world.”

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Buru Energy ships 71,038 barrels of oil under new marketing agreement with BP Singapore

Buru Energy Limited (ASX:BRU) completed the latest lifting of Ungani crude from the CGL storage Tank 10 at Wyndham Port on September 26, 2020, by the Anichkov Bridge oil tanker.

Anichkov Bridge lifted a total of 71,038 barrels gross with Burus share being 50%. The previous lifting of 74,819 barrels gross was completed on July 16, 2020.

Production between the two liftings was impacted by production downtime required to install an electric submersible pump (ESP) in the Ungani 7 well.

New marketing agreement with BP[hhmc]
The latest lifting was the first under the new marketing agreement with BP Singapore Pte Limited (BP).

BP has purchased the crude free on board (FOB) Wyndham and will deliver it to a refinery in South East Asia.

Under the marketing contract, the price received will be the actual price BP sold the crude to the refinery (a fixed differential to the average dated Brent price for the month of October), less shipping and associated costs.

Under these terms Burus 50% rev..

Buru Energy Limited (ASX:BRU) completed the latest lifting of Ungani crude from the CGL storage Tank 10 at Wyndham Port on September 26, 2020, by the Anichkov Bridge oil tanker.

Anichkov Bridge lifted a total of 71,038 barrels gross with Burus share being 50%. The previous lifting of 74,819 barrels gross was completed on July 16, 2020.

Production between the two liftings was impacted by production downtime required to install an electric submersible pump (ESP) in the Ungani 7 well.

New marketing agreement with BP


The latest lifting was the first under the new marketing agreement with BP Singapore Pte Limited (BP).

BP has purchased the crude free on board (FOB) Wyndham and will deliver it to a refinery in South East Asia.

Under the marketing contract, the price received will be the actual price BP sold the crude to the refinery (a fixed differential to the average dated Brent price for the month of October), less shipping and associated costs.

Under these terms Burus 50% revenue share from the lifting is estimated at between A$1.6 million and A$1.7 million, with the price finalised at the end of October.

Current field production is about 1,200 barrels of oil per day and the next lifting is expected to be in late November.

Ungani Far West 1 operations


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