How often do you take a hike along your favourite trail and notice all the trash recklessly discarded? The remote beach that you hiked into for hours has plastic floating to the surface as you strip off for a swim. A barefoot walk on your favourite beach can find more plastic wrappers, fishing lines and straws than you can bear to walk past. There is a solution.
Collecting rubbish from the shoreline on a recent barefoot beach walk with the family.
The amount of rubbish in our environment, in particular, our marine parks are overwhelming.
The world has produced over nine billion tons of plastic since the 1950s
165 million tons of has found its way into our oceans
An additional 9 million more tons entering oceans globally each year
Only 9% (approx.) of plastic gets recycled- the rest pollutes the environment or sits in landfills
Plastics can take up to 500 years to decompose, leaching toxic chemicals into the ground
(data from Phys.org)
With statistics like this, it seems helpless to grab a few pieces and pop them in the bin right?! As if the small amount that we can do will make a difference. Wrong, every piece of rubbish that we pick up and dispose of is one less than risks becoming ingested by our wildlife and marine animals. Imagine all of us took just 1 bag of rubbish from the environment each time we took a walk.
Collectively, we can make an impact.
These figures are just the tip of the iceberg with Australia alone generating 2.5million tonnes of plastic waste alone. Only 9% was sent for recycling (227,000 tonnes), while 84% was sent to landfills (2.1 tonnes).
Households were the largest contributor, a whopping 47% of all plastic waste -1.2 million tonnes; the second was manufacturing at 15% - 380,000 tonnes.
Amanda & Shannon hiking the beaches of Wilson's Promontory where the project concept was born.