Through education we can drive change. Stormwater Shepherds seeks to not only generate awareness of the problems caused by plastic and urban pollution, but provide alternatives to single use plastic and solutions to remove rubbish before it reaches our precious waterways.
What is it?
Bottles, disposable cutlery, straws, containers, wrapping, fishing line, tyres and of course plastic bags. The accumulation of synthetic plastic products to the point where they create a problem for our wild, marine and human life.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
First brought to our attention in 1997 by Captain Charles Moore, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is collection of marine debris, mostly plastic, located in the central North Pacific Ocean. It is however, more than just a ‘patch’. This man-made gyre has a has a current surface area of around 1.6 million square kilometres …
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Alternatives to Single Use Plastic
Single Use Plastic bottles are hands down, the biggest pollutant in our waterways. Opt instead for a re-usable option. Classier and better for the environment
Sometimes disposable is the best choice, so replace plastic for a renewable and biodegradable alternative like bamboo, sugarcane pulp or even naturally fallen leaves from the Areca Palm tree.
Remove this image please – it’s actually plastic. I’ll need to find a metal one.
Who doesn’t enjoy a barista made coffee – but our daily ‘fix’ is adding 1 billion disposable cups to landfill every year! Replace it for a re-usable option. Stylish and more likely to keep your morning cuppa hot for longer.
Sadly, even if you do the right thing in its disposal, your toothbrush can’t be recycled – the bristles get caught in the machines. Opt for one with a re-usable handle or try one of the bamboo alternatives.
Throw away food containers are convenient and cheap, but they plastic and polystyrene options add significantly to the 8 billion tonnes of plastic in our oceans, lakes and rivers. Petition your local takeaway to replace their containers with sustainable, eco-friendly options.
Utensils and cutlery
We’ve all been distressed by images of marine life choking on our single use disposable cutlery. Replace plastics with re-usable options and spare our living creatures the pain and inevitable death.
When available, choose an option that isn’t single use. Although some plastics are recyclable, it seems that 91% of what we use ends up in landfill or our waterways.
It’s just one straw – said 3 million people. That’s how many plastic straws end up in our oceans. Say no to single use plastic straws – or opt for the BYO alternative.
In times of crisis, it’s still important to consider where these disposable products end up. Clean-ups are now pulling thousands of masks and gloves our of our environment and water courses. Choose to re-use.
20 minutes of use takes over 20 years to break down in our oceans – becoming tiny microplastics that fills the stomachs of our marine creatures and even us! Say no to single use plastic bags.