sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic
1.Plastic Water Bottles
Plastic bottles have the potential to survive within the marine environment forever. Once here, they begin to fragment into bite size microplastics and are often mistaken for food.
Use your own reusable bottle.
Plastic bags are quite often the cause of wildlife entanglement and ingestion. They are shown to be immediately targeted by species that mistake them for their food sources (e.g. jellyfish.
Refuse single-use plastic bags and use reusable or paper bags.
3.Polystyrene/ Plastic Takeaway Containers
Polystyrene clamshells are known to fragment into individual beads (increasing the likelihood of ingestion by marine wildlife). These clamshells are also extremely toxic, and pose many health concerns for not only our wildlife, but us as well
Refuse polystyrene/ plastic containers & support businesses who offer non-plastic alternatives.
Straws are only used for an average of 20 minutes and can cause significant ingestion hazards for our wildlife.
Refuse plastic straws. If you need one, use a Reusable straw.
Most single use plastic cutlery and plates ends up in landfill and cannot be recycled. If littered or mismanaged they pose the risk of entering our waterways where it can fragment into small pieces and enter the food chain through ingestion.
Refuse single-use plastic cutlery. Eat in, support businesses who offer non plastic alternatives or BYO reusables
1 billion used in Australia each year. The plastic lining in the cup means the majority of cups are not recycled, instead ending up in landfill. If mismanaged they have the potential to end up in our oceans.