Using reusables will make a difference if we all do it

Photo: WWF Australia

Plastic pollution is emerging as a top threat to our ecosystems, especially our oceans.

According to the Earth Law Centre, by 2025 there could well be 1 tonne of plastic in the ocean for every 3 tonnes of fish.

This is an international problem that requires an international response.  Every person in every country, state and region can do something, as should their governments and businesses.

It is an issue Australian singer Matthew Bentley is passionate about, which is why he is lending his voice to a radio campaign that encourages the use of reusable coffee cups and shopping bags – simple things that can easily become part of our daily routine.

Of course those are just basic ideas, with many more available from a simple web search.

“Don’t get me wrong – plastic itself is not evil,” Matthew said. “Plastic has proved its usefulness in many practical and necessary ways, being as versatile as it is.”

“However, because it’s so cheap and easy to manufacture, there is a tendency to rely too heavily on it for single-use options like shopping bags.”

Matthew joined some Sea Shepherd volunteers at a cleanup along the Lakes Entrance beach and lake foreshore.

Plastic debris affects nearly 700 ocean species through entanglement and ingestion, alters natural biological and chemical processes, helps introduce toxins into the food web, and costs national economies millions of dollars annually.

The majority of this debris comes from land-based sources like landfills, litter, sewerage overflows and plastic manufacturers.

No one would disagree that far too much single-use plastics and other material is needlessly going to landfill as we throw out packaging, bags, drink bottles and disposable coffee cups (usually lined with plastic polyethylene) each day.

Matthew Bentley’s community service announcements are being distributed to Australian radio stations.  Meanwhile you can learn more about the issue from Sea Shepherd Australia, WWF Australia, Boomerang Alliance and many other organisations.

As an island dweller himself, Matthew sings from the heart about life, relationships and the world around him. The music of this acoustic guitarist and folk singer/songwriter reflects his respect for the planet and its ecosystems.


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