HOW TO BREAK YOUR PLASTIC ADDICTION
Step 1. There are 300,000 plastic micro-bead “scrubbers” in a single bottle of many face and body scrubs. Join the #BeatTheBead campaign and switch to products that use natural exfoliants (e.g., coffee grounds, sea salt).
Step 2. Australians alone throw “away” 30 million plastic toothbrushes every year. Switch to bamboo toothbrushes, available from most whole food grocers and online stores for only a few dollars (here’s an Australian provider, to get you started)
Step 3. Australian’s use 1 billion so-called “disposable” coffee cups each year. Did you know they have a plastic lining & can’t be recycled? Solution: bring your own, such as a reusable glass Keep Cup.
Step 4: Use re-usable, washable Onya bags to carry your produce home from the grocery store.
Step 5. Hosting sustainable events, eliminate wasteful/damaging items such as balloons and straws (campaigns: #BalloonsBlow #TheLastStraw)
Step 6. Get involved in the conversation. Join local groups, such as Plastic Pollution Australia & Zero Waste Tasmania, on Facebook
‘Plastic Oceans‘ episode on ABC Catalyst, September 2012
Plastic ingested by a Flesh-footed Shearwater chick on Lord Howe Island
Plastic as a vector for toxins in Australian seabirds, TEDx Sydney April 2014
BayKeepers, award-winning Australian documentary (available for free on YouTube)