We are calling on the Western Australian government to stand up and protect our marine life and ban single-use plastic straws and cutlery. Banning these items will
- considerably cut down plastic waste and pollution
- save marine life and ecosystems
- encourage more sustainable alternatives
Why is this important?
Plastic pollution is killing our marine life. Around 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year. This plastic breaks down in smaller pieces over the centuries, but does not fully biodegrade. It lingers in our oceans, our waterways and even enters our food chain.
30% of the world’s turtles and 90% of seabird species have now ingested plastic debris, as well as 30% of Whales and Dolphins. In fact, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.
One of the serious offenders is straws. Over 10 million straws are used per day in Australia.
A great part of the plastic pollution comes from items we don't even really need, and that can easily be replaced by more sustainable alternatives. What is merely a convenience of a few minutes for us, becomes a threat to wildlife and to our own health.
Places like Taiwan and Seattle have already decided to ban plastic straws. Let us step up too!