Ban Plastic Straws at take away outlets in Australia
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.
*Take away outlets are specified to encompass all drink products that are purchased and can be removed from the venue. Why take away outlets? Well products, once removed from the venue of origin are no longer subject to the venues definite waste management system and so are at risk of being improperly disposed of. 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 eat-in venues where waste would be properly disposed of 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 at take away 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 them, and say NO to plastic straws.
* This petition is part of the 'Under the Ocean' campaign run by Katharine Farrell
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