Fremantle Underwater Film Festival
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Ban Plastic Straws in Fremantle
The world is overburdened with plastic. By removing this one item - DISPOSABLE PLASTIC STRAWS - from our retail places, we send a clear message about our sustainability ethic here in Fremantle, to the wider community, and to the world! Human use of disposable plastic is a key contributor to plastic pollution in the ocean and across the globe. Disposable plastic may be used for just one event, for just one minute, for just one drink, for just one moment but remain on earth forever. Plastic does not disintegrate. Drinking through a disposable plastic straw is an unnecessary use of non-biodegradable materials, which are leading to an ever-increasing proliferation of harmful waste, much of which is ending up in our oceans. More than 100,000 sea mammals and one million seabirds die every year due to plastic waste in the ocean. Plastic waste contaminates fish and other sea foods used for human consumption through the ingestion of micro plastics and toxins. Plastic waste is toxic for our species. Its is toxic for all life on earth. Current studies indicate that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish. PLASTIC STRAWS MADE FROM DISPOSABLE PLASTIC is among the top 10 waste items found in the ocean. Most recycling facilities don’t process the type of plastic used in plastic straws, which means most end up either in landfill or washed down storm-water drains and into the ocean when not properly disposed of. To put that in perspective: over 10 million plastic straws are used in Australia every single day. Feasible, alternate options to plastic straws already exist and include eco-friendly biodegradable straws, some of which can decompose within 35 days of use. Plastic straws may take over 200 years to break down. Disposable plastic is bad for human health. It is bad for the health of all life on earth. Bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, drink dispensers and take-away outlets in Fremantle go through thousands upon thousands of single-use plastic straws per day in Fremantle alone. These end up in landfill or our precious ocean, killing and damaging marine life in various ways. When there are biodegradable, environmentally-friendly options already in existence, why are we choosing to ruin our planet? Banning the use and distribution of plastic straws in Fremantle would set a precedent for further legislative action against other disposable plastic and encourage manufacturers to seek more cost effective ways to produce environmentally-friendly plastic alternatives. Help protect our Ocean and the marine life within it, and say NO to plastic straws in Fremantle and YES to life on planet earth!! Our aim at the Fremantle Underwater Film Festival is to campaign for 5,000 signatures to take to the City of Fremantle. We hope to petition Western Australia's globally-popular port city of Fremantle to take responsible leadership on this pertinent environmental issue. Thank you for your support. For the oceans.