In case you missed it, the European parliament recently voted for a complete ban on single-use plastics, including single-use food plates, bottles, straws and cutlery.
This is for good reason: statistics show that around 150,000 tonnes of plastic end up in European waters each year. Alarmingly, on a larger scale, nearly 9.1 million tonnes of plastic is entering the world's oceans.
And what is Australia doing about it? Well, we recently saw a ban on single-use plastic bags but other than that, it has largely been left up to individuals and individual councils to lead the way on reducing waste.
Hearteningly, we at retub have experienced first-hand a huge increase in the number of individual people supporting sustainable takeaway food options and we have been fortunate to work with various companies and councils who are eager to make a positive impact on a larger scale also. From our perspective, there is a definite willingness on the part of Australians to embrace sustainable options but without mandatory requirements in place Australia-wide, we are concerned that this won't be sufficient to curb the disturbing rate at which plastic is entering our waters.
We have a lot to lose if Australia's stance on sustainability doesn't promptly catch up to Europe's (and indeed that of many other countries).
So what can we do in the interim?
Lead by example to influence people around you to also adopt sustainable living options. Communicate with friends and family and share tips on how to reduce waste. Seek out sustainable options and add them to your life whenever you can afford to. Reach out to your local councils and ask how they are tackling sustainability.
And tell people about businesses like retub, to raise awareness of the issues and to highlight that there are solutions available.
Together, we can put pressure on our country to do more. Together, we are powerful.
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