TURNING THE TIDE FOR THE OCEAN by Amy Morrison
Posted on February 27 2019
Bondi Bandits believe if you love being in the ocean, you love looking after it.
Trouble is it can feel overwhelming. We’ve all heard about the amount of waste that enters our oceans each day – it’s on the news and in opinion pieces all the time.
However, as we’ve discovered here at BB, with 3 small changes to your daily routine, you can be saving our oceans, our land and our air.
And inspiring others to do the same.
Throttle the bottle.
Many of us buy a bottle of water each day on our way to work. It’s like our morning coffee. True, we all need to drink more water. But research has shown, if you’re buying a 500mL bottle a day, you could save $910 a year just by switching to a reusable water bottle.
Seriously, $910. You could stay 3 nights in an airBnB in Byron Bay. You could buy a surfboard to spend even more time in the water. Or you could cover the grocery shopping for an entire month.
It’s worse when you consider the same amount of tap water would cost you, wait for it, 82c. That puts bottled water at 1000 times the cost of tap water. In what other place would anyone pay 1000 times more than they had to? A $20 dress for $20,000? A $4 ice cream for $4,000? It sounds insane because it is.
Then, there’s the pollution. According to the Australian Museum, manufacturing plastic bottles for Australia each year uses over 400,000 barrels of oil. Oil, the enemy of water. Tragically, 7+ billion of these plastic water bottles end up in landfills or our beautiful oceans every year.
So tip #1; Cut the plastic bottles from routine and switch to a reusable water bottle. Here is a gorgeous bottle that makes sustainable look sexy!
Bag it without baggage tip#2
In the 2 minutes since you started reading this article 14,300 plastic bags have been dumped in landfill.
True, Australia is taking steps in the right direction with supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths banning single use plastic bags. However, they are still selling larger, thicker plastic bags available for 15c. And every store in every shopping centre still seem addicted to thick plastic bags.
Tragically, they take even longer to decompose than the banned bags.
One large “reusable” plastic bag is used for an average 12 minutes per shopping trip and 20 minutes on the ride home. That’s 32 minutes total. Maybe 64 minutes if you use it twice. Yet it takes 1000 years to deconstruct.
In a recent report on Channel 10’s The Project, a spokesperson for Clean Up Australia stated: “A plastic bag you use today will share this planet with your great great great great great great great great great great great great grandchildren.”
The solution is simple. Bring. Your. Own. Bag.
Do what they do in Melbourne where wheelie shopping bags are popular. Or, bring a backpack for heavy liquids if, like me, your fingers can’t hold the weight! And, of course, keep bringing the good old green canvas bags.
Drive more change, fewer cars. Tip#3
It’s no surprise that cars pollute. Even electric cars are not immune – the electricity they use is often, in part, coal powered. Trouble is, we’re all so addicted to our cars.
But we don’t need to be when there are genuinely viable options.
Public transport in our cities is constantly improving. Walking short distances can often be quicker than sitting in gridlocked traffic. Carpooling with friends takes cars off the road. And owning or using share bikes is growing in popularity. It makes a difference. Leaving your car at home for just two days a week can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 721kgs a year. That’s the weight of 3 adult dolphins.
3 dolphins per year! If these cuties can’t get you to stay off the road, I don’t know what will.
Thank you for reading. I hope it’s helped you start thinking. Thinking twice before buying a plastic water bottle, using a plastic bag or opening your car door.