EDUCATION

Through education we can drive change. Stormwater Shepherds seeks to not only generate awareness of the problems caused by plastic and urban pollution, but provide alternatives to single use plastic and solutions to remove rubbish before it reaches our precious waterways.

Facts

Plastic Pollution

rubbish by the sea

What is it?

Bottles, disposable cutlery, straws, containers, wrapping, fishing line, tyres and of course plastic bags. The accumulation of synthetic plastic products to the point where they create a problem for our wild, marine and human life.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

pollution

First brought to our attention in 1997 by Captain Charles Moore, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is collection of marine debris, mostly plastic, located in the central North Pacific Ocean. It is however, more than just a ‘patch’. This man-made gyre has a has a current surface area of around 1.6 million square kilometres

Stormwater Levy

What is a Storm Water Utility Charge? Is it legal and why you should advocate for it…

Alternatives to Single Use Plastic

reusable bottle

Drink Bottles

Single Use Plastic bottles are hands down, the biggest pollutant in our waterways. Opt instead for a re-usable option. Classier and better for the environment
single use plates

Disposable Plates

Sometimes disposable is the best choice, so swap out plastic for a renewable and biodegradable alternative like bamboo, sugarcane pulp or even naturally fallen leaves from the Areca Palm tree.
bottle cap

Bottle Tops

Remove this image please – it’s actually plastic. I’ll need to find a metal one.
SINGLE USE COFFEE CUPS

Coffee Cups

Who doesn’t enjoy a barista made coffee – but our daily ‘fix’ is adding 1 billion disposable cups to landfill every year! Swap it out for a re-usable option. Stylish and more likely to keep your morning cuppa hot for longer.
bamboo toothbrush

Toothbrushes

Sadly, even if you do the right thing in its disposal, your toothbrush can’t be recycled – the bristles get caught in the machines. Opt for one with a re-usable handle or try one of the bamboo alternatives.

Containers

Throw away food containers are convenient and cheap, but they plastic and polystyrene options add significantly to the 8 billion tonnes of plastic in our oceans, lakes and rivers. Petition your local takeaway to swap to a sustainable, eco-friendly option.
bamboo utensils

Utensils and cutlery

We’ve all been distressed by images of marine life choking on our single use disposable cutlery. Swap it out for re-usable options and spare our living creatures the pain and inevitable death.

Plastic Bottles

When available, choose an option that isn’t single use. Although some plastics are recyclable, it seems that 91% of what we use ends up in landfill or our waterways.
reusable bottle

Straws

It’s just one straw – said 3 million people. That’s how many plastic straws end up in our oceans. Say no to single use plastic straws – or opt for the BYO alternative.
reusable mask

Masks

In times of crisis, it’s still important to consider where these disposable products end up. Clean-ups are now pulling thousands of masks and gloves our of our environment and water courses. Choose to re-use.
Re-usable carry bag

Plastics bags

20 minutes of use takes over 20 years to break down in our oceans - becoming tiny microplastics that fills the stomachs of our marine creatures and even us! Say no to single use plastic bags.

Drink Bottles

 Single Use Plastic bottles are hands down, the biggest pollutant in our waterways. Opt instead for a re-usable option. Classier and better for the environment

Disposable Plates

Sometimes disposable is the best choice, so swap out plastic for a renewable and biodegradable alternative like bamboo, sugarcane pulp or even naturally fallen leaves from the Areca Palm tree.

Bottle Tops

Remove this image please – it’s actually plastic. I’ll need to find a metal one.

Coffee Cups

 Who doesn’t enjoy a barista made coffee – but our daily ‘fix’ is adding 1 billion disposable cups to landfill every year! Swap it out for a re-usable option. Stylish and more likely to keep your morning cuppa hot for longer.

Toothbrushes

Sadly, even if you do the right thing in its disposal, your toothbrush can’t be recycled – the bristles get caught in the machines. Opt for one with a re-usable handle or try one of the bamboo alternatives.

Containers

Throw away food containers are convenient and cheap, but they plastic and polystyrene options add significantly to the 8 billion tonnes of plastic in our oceans, lakes and rivers. Petition your local takeaway to swap to a sustainable, eco-friendly option.

Utensils and cutlery

We’ve all been distressed by images of marine life choking on our single use disposable cutlery. Swap it out for re-usable options and spare our living creatures the pain and inevitable death.

Plastic Bottles

When available, choose an option that isn’t single use. Although some plastics are recyclable, it seems that 91% of what we use ends up in landfill or our waterways.

Straws

 It’s just one straw – said 3 million people. That’s how many plastic straws end up in our oceans. Say no to single use plastic straws – or opt for the BYO alternative.

Masks

In times of crisis, it’s still important to consider where these disposable products end up. Clean-ups are now pulling thousands of masks and gloves our of our environment and water courses. Choose to re-use.

Plastics bags

 20 minutes of use takes over 20 years to break down in our oceans – becoming tiny microplastics that fills the stomachs of our marine creatures and even us! Say no to single use plastic bags.

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