91% of Plastic Isn't Recycled - Simple Changes Today For Huge Impact Tomorrow
By 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic waste than fish, ton for ton...
The 2019 study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances, is the first global analysis of all plastics ever made. Of the 8.3 billion metric tons that has been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only nine percent has been recycled. The vast majority—79 percent—is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter. Meaning: at some point, much of it ends up in the oceans, the final sink.
“This kind of increase would ‘break’ any system that was not prepared for it, and this is why we have seen leakage from global waste systems into the oceans,” she says Jenna Jambeck, a University of Georgia environmental engineer who specializes in studying plastic waste in the oceans.
But some simple changes to your everyday can make a huge impact to our planet:,
Change What You Eat
Did you know that beef has the largest environmental footprint of all popular meats? The greenhouse gas emissions from ‘cow burps’ and land clearing have a significant impact on our planet.
By simply reducing the amount of red meat you eat to no more than three palm sized portions a week you can help combat climate change, water pollution and deforestation.
95% of Australia’s sugar is grown along the Great Barrier Reef’s coast. Sadly, the impacts of some cane farms are anything but sweet. Polluted run-off from sugarcane farms can weaken reefs and encourage coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish
By looking for the Bonsucro logo when doing your next food shop, you can help ensure the sugar you buy is more responsibly grown and keep our Great Barrier Reef healthy.
Over 90% per cent of popular wild seafood, like tuna and cod, are either fully fished or overfished. But if you choose carefully, you can still enjoy your favourite seafood while ensuring there are enough fish in our oceans for the future.
On your next food shop look for seafood products that have the blue Marine Stewardship Council label or the green Aquaculture Stewardship Council label to ensure they are sustainable sourced.
Palm oil is in everything from bread to ice cream, but growing it irresponsibly can devastate forests and wildlife. The good news is, by making the right choices when you shop you can help protect the places that wildlife, like orangutans, call home.
Before buying your favourite products check they contain sustainable palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
Change What You Buy
Choose Biodegradable Products that have less negative impacts on the soil and water system after you've finished using them. Psst all of our products are biodegradable!
Buy Recycled - Psst again! All our products are compostable and recyclable :)
Buy Local seasonal produce where possible that hasn't crossed the globe to get you - so there is less carbon footprint.
Change to Clean Energy
To protect the people and places we love from the impacts of global warming we need to make more conscious decisions about our energy use.
Australia ranks among the highest carbon polluting countries in the world, with 22 tonnes of carbon pollution emitted per person in 2015. But reducing our carbon pollution levels is not as hard as it sounds.
More than one-third of our emissions come from our electricity consumption, so we can make huge emissions reductions by increasing the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses. Switching on to a clean energy future is as simple as switching off. Together, through small changes to the way we use energy, we can make a big difference.
Here are some simple steps to reduce your energy
- Unplug unsused lights and applicances - you could save upto 20% of your household energy consumption by simply switching unused lights and applicances off.
- Use energy efficient light globes - lighting accounts for 8-15% of household energy used in Australia. By upgrading your lights to energy efficient globes, you could halve this figure.
- Use Energy Efficient Whitegoods - when purchasing whitegoods, choose those with a high energy efficiency star rating. Each additional star represents a 20% greater efficiency.
- Switch on the Clean Renewable Energy - join the renewable energy revolution as the world moves away from toxic fossil fuels like coal and gas to a future powered by 100% clean energy.