Pollution Facts
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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 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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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 our 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, we will produce 400,000 million tons of plastic across the planet, and by 2040, 800,000 million tons is projected. Much of our plastic garbage will end up as landfill, or worse, polluting our natural waterways, air and environments.

Our Earth cannot sustain this assault, but there is hope. As individuals, communities, businesses, councils and governments, we can change the path because, without demand, there is no supply. Right now, we can switch to eco-friendly alternatives, say NO to single-use plastic and be more aware of our polluting habits.

STORMWATER (1) - THE PLASTIC HIGHWAY TO OUR OCEANS

Keep street gutters clean, don’t litter and talk to our local council and government representatives about correctly managed stormwater.
Plastic and urban pollution starts upstream from street drains - litter, sediment, organic matter, tyre wear pollution, vehicle emissions, and harmful chemicals are carried by stormwater networks to our local waterways and eventually out to sea. Stormwater is the main conveyer of pollution - 80% of ocean plastic is land-based, mainly from stormwater.

A colossal impact to reversing the consequences from all pollution reaching our waterways and oceans is correctly managed stormwater. Sadly, here in Australia, available funding limits councils and governments to work in this space.

Did you know? A stormwater utility charge will fund councils to correctly manage stormwater.
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COFFEE, WOULD YOU LIKE PLASTICS WITH THAT?

Swap single-use cups for reusable stainless steel or glass cups.
If getting takeaway coffee is non-negotiable, consider the 25,000+ microplastics that could be leaching into your cup from boiling water. Disposable cups are often lined with plastic, making them non-biodegradable, usually non-recyclable, and they can leach microplastics and heavy metals - iron, chromium and cadmium, into your hot drinks.

Carrying your own cup or flask will help reduce the one billion single-use coffee cups Australians use each year. Plus, if you decide to get a vacuum flask, you can enjoy your hot drink for longer.

Did you know? Every year Australians send 60,000 kilos of plastic pollution from takeaway cups to landfill.
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