What is plastic doing to us and our oceans?

Take 3 for the Sea

As the seasons change, we will all be spending a little bit more time and taking advantage of the incredible beaches Australia has to offer. Our latest refillit expert, Tim Silverwood from Take 3 took time out to talk to us about how plastic waste at the beach is far more than just an eyesore, but is in fact killing our marine life and working its way to us.

What do plastic bags have to do with refillit?

Just like Take 3, refillit is about reducing our impact on the environment. Whether its water bottles, bottle tops or plastic bags, far too many make their way into our waterways and our oceans where they wreak havoc on our marine life, and eventually us.

We’re all in this together and everyone can make a difference, especially as large corporations respond to the needs and wants of consumers. So show them you care about the environment though your decisions because you have to remember… the ocean is downhill from everywhere.

What does Tim Silverwood have to say?

Every year millions of tons of plastic enters the worlds’ oceans with up to 1/3 of this marine debris being traced back to the beverage industry. Best estimates suggest that up to 80% of plastic that ends up in our oceans starts on land where it makes its way into our storm water systems, rivers and bays, and eventually into our oceans.

Many of us know this is a dangerous hazard for birds, fish and turtles who often mistake plastic for food. However, new evidence shows plastic is broken down into tiny micro pieces which are being eaten by the very fish we eat and even plankton, the very base of the marine food chain, where all the chemicals eventually make their way to us.

Take 3 encourages people to Refuse disposable plastic, Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle and Respond by picking up rubbish. Much like refillit, we encourage everyone to reduce their unnecessary plastic consumption – and make our lives a little less plastic!

Everyone can make a difference by doing just a few simple things:

  • When you visit a beach, waterway or anywhere simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Limit your use and waste of plastic. Support innovations like cloth grocery bags, reusable containers, and biodegradable materials.
  • Buy from companies that use post-consumer materials.
  • Use reusable water bottles instead of wasting your money and the planet on plastic water bottles.
  • Reclaim the plastic that threatens to enter the ocean by supporting clean-up efforts.

What are some other ways that you use less plastic?