Reasons to go greener

Australia uses and wastes too much plastic

  • 311 million tonnes of plastic are produced worldwide every year

  • Australians use 13 million plastic bags every day

  • Australians send over 690kg of waste to landfill every year - making us the second highest producers of waste per person in the world

Plastic breaks down and enters our food chain

  • Many plastics leach toxins into food and drinks, especially when exposed to heat or sunlight

  • Very small pieces of broken down plastic (called microplastics) are inadvertently consumed by animals then travel up the food chain to humans​

  • Edible fish in Sydney Harbour have been shown to have nanoparticles (extremely small pieces) of plastic in their flesh

Oceans are greatly affected by our plastic use

  • 35 billion pieces of visible plastic are in Australian waters

  • 100,000 marine creatures and 1 million seabirds die every year from either eating or getting caught in plastic. The animals die and decay and the cycle repeats

  • 100% of Fleshfooted Shearwater seabird chicks on Lord Howe Island in NSW have plastic in their stomachs, which has lead to a 50% decline in population over the past 20 years

Coral reefs are in danger

  • Coral bleaching and coral death is happening fast due to warmer water temperatures and pollution. When plastic and toxins come into contact with coral it makes them more susceptible to disease and death    

  • One third of corals in the Great Barrier Reef were affected by bleaching in 2016 and 2017.  Mass bleaching two years in a row is an extraordinary event and means the coral doesn't have a chance to recover

  • All coral reefs could die within 80 years unless action is taken, according to Sir David Attenborough

Sources:

  abc.net.au

  australianethical.com.au

  cleanup.org.au

  gbrmpa.gov.au

  illawarramercury.com.au

  independent.co.uk

  oceancrusaders.org 

  twohandsproject.org

There are many reasons we all need to change our behaviour when it comes to our environment.

We can all help reduce our plastic footprint by making small, everyday changes.

Replace these single-use plastic items:

  • Grocery bags

  • Produce bags

  • Straws

  • Drink bottles

  • Coffee cups

  • Toothbrushes

  • Takeaway containers

  • Food wrap

Take everyday steps to reduce plastic use:

  • Buy kids snack food in bulk rather than single serves

  • Use reusable containers for snacks and lunches

  • Choose items packaged in cardboard or paper

  • Buy from bulk bins

  • Keep glass containers and jars for storing food

  • Take reusable bags wherever you shop

  • Choose reusable feminine hygiene products

Links

Here are some links we've found useful

Great Barrier Reef Foundation

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation site is the hub for education, projects and fundraising for the reef.

Clean Up Australia

Supporting local clean-up campaigns and providing recycling information

My Green Australia - Living Green Down Under

Hundreds of ways to live a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of life

Sustainable Living Guide

Helping businesses, local government, and community organisations provide leadership and support for more sustainable lifestyles

YourHome Australia

Australia's guide to environmentally sustainable homes

Reusable feminine hygiene products

Find information and reviews on dozens of different reusable feminine hygiene products

 

More ways to help

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