Brett Heywood, SeaQuest Fiji CEO, Dermot O'Gorman WWF-Australia CEO and Ken Katafono, TraSeable Solutions CEO next to a yellowfin tuna about to be tagged with QR code
Out at sea, plastic is deadly. Marine animals like turtles can choke on plastic bags mistaken for jellyfish, seabirds get entangled and larger animals like whales can starve because their stomachs are so full of plastic they’ve eaten.
Microplastics can be just as fatal. Smaller creatures like plankton can ingest it, making its way up the food chain and onto our plates.
Plastic trash gathered on Rubu Island, Kenya © Georgina Goodwin / Shoot The Earth / WWF-UK
Plastic products are convenient, right? While they might make our daily lives easier, they’re costly to our environment. Most plastics don't biodegrade, so unless they’re recycled or repurposed, they pose a significant threat to marine wildlife.
Plastic bag floating in the ocean © naturepl.com / Sue Daly / WWF
Small decisions like choosing a plastic free product, using reusable bags, recycling scraps of plastic or saying no to disposable plastic can make a huge difference for the future of our planet.
It’s the easiest thing we can do to make a positive impact.
Choose products with no or minimal plastic packaging, and remember your reusable shopping bags
Drink from reusable bottles and take a keep cup to your barista for your morning brew
and plastic cutlery, ask for compostable takeaway containers or bring your own
Collect all your soft plastics and recycle them with REDcycle at your local supermarket
Ask your supermarket or food retailer to establish a plastic free aisle and to reduce excessive packaging
Plastic free eco-friendly swaps © WWF-Aus / Leonie Sii
Going completely plastic free is hard, but small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference for the future of our oceans and wildlife. Here are some items you can swap out!
Overflowing garbage bin CC0 RitaE / Pixabay
If you often find yourself asking, ‘Can I recycle this?’ or ‘Which bin do I use?’, then join our resident trash talker Steph as she takes you through some tips on recycling plastics.
Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) adult playing with plastic bottle, Pantanal, Pocone, Brazil © naturepl.com / Paul Williams / WWF
Our precious marine wildlife are facing a deadly threat: plastic pollution. See the impact for yourself.
Plastic rubbish on a remote beach in Northern Svalbard © Global Warming Images / WWF
How long does it take your plastic toothbrush to break down? The advantage of plastic is that it’s designed to last, but unfortunately nearly all plastic ever created still exists in some form today.
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