CHILDREN can use their mobile phones to see the microscopic-sized bits of plastic that clog beaches during Plastic Free July being launched on June 25.
“We have a device which changes any phone or tablet into a 25-times enlarging microscope,” Oceans Institute artist in residence Angela Rossen said.
The CSIRO Floreat-based environmental educator will demonstrate the phones during the Less is More Festival when it is launched at 10am at The Grove library, Peppermint Grove, on June 25.
“The children can have a close look at marine plants, the plastics in the sand and its effect on the tiny creatures of the ocean,” Ms Rossen said.
The festival will also launch Plastic Free July, which encourages people in the western suburbs to avoid using plastic for the entire month.
The annual event has grown to 90 countries and more than 36,000 participants since it was started by Cottesloe-based Earth Carers to several years ago.
The festival includes workshops on keeping bees, fermented foods, edible weeds and how to make low-waste businesses and homes.
Festival organiser Libby Eustance said an ideas market would host stall-based demonstrations and the more unusual activities including handmade beeswax sandwich wraps, low waste baby-minding, making cosmetics and plastic-free food preparation.