Plastic waste. It's a toxic tsunami crashing on our shores - a global disaster threatening marine animals and humans alike.
The scale of this unfolding crisis has just been outlined in a new WWF-Australia report, developed in association with Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Plastic Revolution to Reality Report
And it makes for compelling reading.
In Australia, we consume 3.5 million tonnes of plastic every year, that’s five kilograms each year, Australians are consuming. That's more than three times the global average. Worse still, approximately 130,000 tonnes leak into our marine environments - that’s heavier than two Titanics.
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In addition, many of us have had to take a step back from our good plastic-free habits, like using a reusable coffee cup, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. As restrictions ease in some areas of the country, it’s important we get back on a plastic-free track when it’s safe to do so.
The Report identifies the top six offenders that constitute the bulk of single-use plastics collected during litter clean-ups in Australia - the priority plastics that we must urgently tackle. They include: