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Every minute, a truckload full of plastic finds its way into our oceans. It's time to end the deadly cycle of single-use plastics.
Could help expose the shocking amount of plastic pollution that ends up in our oceans.
Could help protect vulnerable animals from becoming victims of ocean plastics.
Could help pressure governments to introduce state-wide legislation on single-use plastics.
Turtles can't tell the difference between floating plastic bags and one of their favourite foods; jellyfish. Unfortunately, many other vulnerable sea creatures are also ingesting plastics. Your generous gift can help stop this by:
Your ongoing support is the most effective way to contribute by helping us with long term campaign goals.
Together we can stop ocean plastic pollution
Sick of plastic pollution? So they are:
Plastics in our oceans kill more than 1 million sea birds a year, 100,000 sea mammals and fish suffer from this pollution too. But plastic, as microplastics, affects us as well. They end up in our own bodies through eating plastic affected seafood. A Ghent University study showed that European seafood consumers are likely to be ingesting up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic per year.
Single-use plastics are often discarded in our streets, parks and beaches. This plastic begins to break down into smaller pieces called microplastics. Microplastics can take thousands of years to dissolve, remaining in the ocean and accumulating inside the bodies of sea-life.
How do plastics impact our oceans?
Due to their size, microplastics are consumed by a wide range of marine animals including fish, sea mammals or even microscopic plankton. Accumulation of microplastics harms sea-life through respiratory and digestive complications, often bringing early death.
Why are microplastics dangerous?
It comes back to bite us
We need to make a conscious effort to work on our plastic problem if we want to keep our communities, lands, and oceans healthy. Three big actors have the power to reducing global plastic production and consumption. Through plastic free campaigns, NGOs like Greenpeace can pressure them to make wiser choices.
How do we solve this?
We can cut down on the amount of plastic waste in the world by simply reducing the amount of single-use plastic we buy and use in our everyday lives. We can also educate others about how to consume in a more sustainable way. From knowing which is the most sustainable option to being made aware of existing practices that are damaging, even a few small changes can snowball and make significant impact
Supermarkets play a critical role as they decide which stock they put on their shelves and which they leave behind. By forcing them to stop using single-use plastics where greener, plastic free alternatives exist we can reduce plastic consumption downstream. Our campaigns have already succeeded in helping to remove single use plastic bags across most of Australia but there is still plenty more to do.
Governments are major actors in plastic consumption as they can set rules for companies in the market. The more funds NGOs raise and the more people we represent, the more we can encourage governments to apply bans and restrictions for unnecessary and damaging plastic products. We can pressure governments to allocate budgets to invest in sustainable policies and practices.
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How polluted are the oceans getting?
Plastic bags are used no more than 12 minutes but take more than 1,000 years to degrade.
At least 8 million tons of plastic ends up the ocean each year.
More than half of the worlds sea turtles have consumed plastic and 99% of the seabirds will within decades.
Australians use between 13-14 billion drink containers a year. While recycling helps, today less than half of all these containers are recycled to make new products.
91% of all the plastics worldwide aren’t recycled.
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