ISSUES WITH PLASTIC BAGS
A culture has evolved in Australia where plastic bags are seen as free and freely available to shoppers. The time has come for all Australian to stop, re think and change the way we carry our shopping.
Australia uses more plastic bags than any other country in the world - the result is:
- More than 6 billion plastic bags are buried in landfill (230,000 plastic bags are dumped in land-fills every hour)
- 4 billion plastic bags are imported into Australia each year
- Less than 3% of plastic bags are recycled
Around 80 million of these bags end up blowing around as litter, or worse still end up in our waterways harming our marine life. The World Wide Fund for Nature estimates 100,000 turtles, whales, seals and birds die an agonizing death each year through the ingestion of plastic bags, becoming entangled or suffocating in them.
Plastic bags are in our hands for and average of fifteen minutes but remain in our environment for up to 1000 years.
We all know that these bags are very convenient and we also know people will find it difficult to change such a repetitive habit.