Today, we celebrated World Oceans Day to raise awareness about a very important cause, reducing single-use plastic.
The Penguin Playground and Oceanarium residents received a special feed, as the keepers showed their love with heart-shaped tasty treats and some favourite snacks to help educate the public on what marine wildlife should and should not be eating.
Australians discard more than 9.67 billion pieces of single-use plastic each year a lot of which ends up in the oceans and mistakenly ingested by wildlife. Considering it can take up to 1000 years to decompose one plastic bag, this issue is epidemic in Australia and needs to be improved.
The new research undertaken by SEA LIFE’s charity, SEA LIFE Trust found coffee cups, plastic bags, straws and single-use bottles to be the main plastic culprits, with the alarming statistics indicating the amount of these items outnumber the country’s population by 400 per cent.
Coffee cups and plastic bags alone lined up, end-to-end, extend a whopping 1.47 million kilometres - enough to take us to the moon more than three times.
This World Oceans Day, SEA LIFE ANZ and the SEA LIFE Trust is aiming to raise awareness of Australia’s plastic plight, encouraging Australians to re-think the way they consume single-use plastic.
We are proud supporters of the Responsible Cafes program that aims to lower the use of disposable coffee cups, we have banned plastic bags and switched to paper straws to help lower the amount of single-use plastic at the attraction.
We encourage everyone to get on–board and reduce their consumption of single-use plastic as its effect on wildlife can be extremely damaging. For example, plastic bags and deflated balloons are often mistaken as jellyfish and consumed by Sea turtles and marine birds.
When it comes to single-use plastic consumption per item, plastic bags are in the lead with New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia using a whopping 3.3 billion bags per year. Unfortunately, many of these bags end up in our oceans, harming marine life.
Coming in second, Australia’s coffee addiction has taken us around the globe a staggering seven times – with more than 2.6 billion coffee cups thrown into waste each year. Straws and single-use bottle consumption follow closely with 2.47 billion and 1.3 billion pieces of each item, respectively, making their way into landfill.
World Oceans Day, the United Nations-recognised day of ocean celebration and action, is held annually on June 8, to do your part for the ocean and celebrate World Oceans Day try minimising your single-use plastic consumption or joining in on a beach clean in your local area. To find out more ways you can support the marine animals cause visit SEA LIFE Melbourne and take part in one of the educational talks held daily.