Environmental
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PLASTIC POLLUTION FACTS

It is estimated there are over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic pollution in our oceans
There are over 4 billion microfibers washed from our clothes every km² floating on our oceans
80% of the ocean’s plastic comes from the land, mostly from stormwater
90% of seabirds are eat plastic rubbish, thinking it is food
52% of the world’s sea turtles have eaten plastic
Around 13 billion plastic bags are manufactured every year
The world throws away 13 billion plastic bottles a year
The fishing industry dumps approximately 150,000 tons of plastic waste into our oceans – nets, packaging, lines and buoys
Every year 8.3 million tons of plastic pollution is dumped in our oceans
Every year more than 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million water birds die from either ingesting or entanglement in plastic
Every piece of plastic manufactured across the world is still on our planet today
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It is estimated there are over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic pollution in our oceans
There are over 4 billion microfibers washed from our clothes every km² floating on our oceans
80% of the ocean’s plastic comes from the land, mostly from stormwater
90% of seabirds are eat plastic rubbish, thinking it is food
52% of the world’s sea turtles have eaten plastic
Around 13 billion plastic bags are manufactured every year
The world throws away 13 billion plastic bottles a year
The fishing industry dumps approximately 150,000 tons of plastic waste into our oceans – nets, packaging, lines and buoys
Every year 8.3 million tons of plastic pollution is dumped in our oceans
Every year more than 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million water birds die from either ingesting or entanglement in plastic
Every piece of plastic manufactured across the world is still on our planet today
It is estimated there are over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic pollution in our oceans
There are over 4 billion microfibers washed from our clothes every km² floating on our oceans
80% of the ocean’s plastic comes from the land, mostly from stormwater
90% of seabirds are eat plastic rubbish, thinking it is food
52% of the world’s sea turtles have eaten plastic
Around 13 billion plastic bags are manufactured every year
The world throws away 13 billion plastic bottles a year
The fishing industry dumps approximately 150,000 tons of plastic waste into our oceans – nets, packaging, lines and buoys
Every year 8.3 million tons of plastic pollution is dumped in our oceans
Every year more than 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million water birds die from either ingesting or entanglement in plastic
Every piece of plastic manufactured across the world is still on our planet today

ENVIRONMENTAL TIPS

Will we survive the plastic Age?

We survived the stone age, the bronze age and the iron age, but will our planet outlive the plastic age?

In less than 50 years we have polluted all corners of this planet with over 9 billion tonnes of this indestructible product – and the effects are catastrophic.

Plastic production, especially single-use plastic, is increasing at an alarming rate. This year alone, around 400,000 million tonnes will be produced, with much of it ending up as landfill or worse, polluting our natural environments and waterways.

Our planet cannot sustain this assault, but there is hope. As individuals we can change the path, because without demand, there is no supply. Switch to eco-friendly alternatives and say NO to single-use plastic.

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Will we survive the plastic Age?

We survived the stone age, the bronze age and the iron age, but will our planet outlive the plastic age?

In less than 50 years we have polluted all corners of this planet with over 9 billion tonnes of this indestructible product – and the effects are catastrophic.

Plastic production, especially single-use plastic, is increasing at an alarming rate. This year alone, around 400,000 million tonnes will be produced, with much of it ending up as landfill or worse, polluting our natural environments and waterways.

Our planet cannot sustain this assault, but there is hope. As individuals we can change the path, because without demand, there is no supply. Switch to eco-friendly alternatives and say NO to single-use plastic.

We survived the stone age, the bronze age and the iron age, but will our planet outlive the plastic age?

In less than 50 years we have polluted all corners of this planet with over 9 billion tonnes of this indestructible product – and the effects are catastrophic.

Plastic production, especially single-use plastic, is increasing at an alarming rate. This year alone, around 400,000 million tonnes will be produced, with much of it ending up as landfill or worse, polluting our natural environments and waterways.

Our planet cannot sustain this assault, but there is hope. As individuals we can change the path, because without demand, there is no supply. Switch to eco-friendly alternatives and say NO to single-use plastic.

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Cut back on unnecessary packaging. Buy in bulk and separate out into reusable containers or segmented lunch boxes.

Individually packed Groceries

We all love those miniature, individually pack bags of chips, lollies and biscuits – often a favourite in the lunch boxes of both big and little kids. While convenient, the are a double up on packaging – usually in a plastic bag that can’t be recycled and end up in landfill, or worse, as rubbish left on the streets.

Collected by heavy rain, these discarded packets make their way into our stormwater networks and then our water ways, broken down and often mistaken by food by marine animals.

Convenient? Yes – but at what cost to our environment?

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Wrapped Fruit & Veg

Gone are the days when fruit and veg was delivered in a box, with not a single piece of plastic in sight. And was it only a year ago when fresh produce was sold loose in our local supermarkets? Where  customers could opt not to bag in plastic?

Today, catering to hygiene, convenience and presentation, it’s hard to buy any fresh produce without some kind of plastic wrapping the exterior. It’s unnecessary and costly, and this indestructible material ends up in landfill, making its home on our planet for an eternity.  

 

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Reduce our consumption of single-use plastic by choosing from the loose fruit and vegetable section. Use a reusable mesh bag instead of a plastic one.

Wash less often and when you do, use lower water usage cycles. Try second hand garments that shed up to eight times less the amount of microfibres as new ones.

Microfibres from our clothes are suffocating our oceans and waterways

The next time you throw on a load of clothes in the wash, take a moment to consider the hundreds of thousands of tiny microfibres you’ll be dislodging from the fabric and washing down the drain with the grey water. What’s the problem with that you ask? These microscopic specs of nothing are so small they pass right through the current water treatment processes and into our drinking water, rivers, lakes and oceans. So not only are the marine animals digesting these fibres – so are we!

 

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