Ban Plastic Straws in Australia!
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Plastic straws take 4 seconds to produce, 4 minutes to use and at least 200 years to break down. Australians use around 10 million plastic straws a day and most of those end up in our oceans, landfill, waterways or polluting the environment. By 2050 experts estimate there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
We want Australia to ban the use of single-use plastic straws like many other countries have done around the world. A good first step would be calling on Australia's capital cities to start this ban, just like a lot of other big cities (Seattle, Vancouver, San Fransisco) around the world. We are calling on Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy to ban single-use plastic straws.
IMPACT OF PLASTIC STRAWS
Unlike some soft plastics which can be recycled, plastic straws cannot be recycled. Most straws are washed into stormwater drains and then end up in the ocean. They do not biodegrade, instead, they break down into microplastics. These microplastics have an incredibly long legacy, they can last hundreds to thousands of years in the ocean traveling around the food chain which eventually ends up on our plates.
"Throughout the world, around one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed every year by plastics, either entangled and strangled or choked and starved."
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WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT PLASTIC STAWS:
Please sign the petition and share with your friends, family, and others within your network to encourage them to do the same.
Say No and REFUSE the straw. When dining out, say "no" to plastic straws and help spread awareness on this important issue!
Consider using reusable straws! There are some great alternatives out there that are fully biodegradable, sustainable, organic, natural and kind to the environment.
We understand how important straws are for people with disabilities. That's why we are encouraging groups to take on reusables, ones that can bend and we take on the go.
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