Ban Plastic Straws in Fremantle
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The Under the Ocean Campaign said it best:
"Plastic waste in the ocean is responsible for the death of over 100,000 sea mammals and one million seabirds every year. Not to mention plastic waste leads to the contamination of fish used for human consumption through the ingestion of micro plastics and toxins.
There’s an estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic spread throughout the world’s ocean already, increasing by the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic every minute worldwide. Recent studies indicate that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish. Among the top 10 items found in the ocean are plastic straws and stirrers. 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 stormwater 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 on the other hand take approximately 200 years to break down".
**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. By removing this one item SINGLE USE 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! As a consequence of incorrect disposal, straws can be easily washed into stormwater drains and then into the ocean. The ban would not be aimed at reusable straw-using venues or where waste is properly recycled and a thoughtful end-of-life use was adopted by the venue.
"When there are these biodegradable, eco 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 eco 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!!
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