Published on July 7th, 2011 | by Jack Perry0
Plastic Bag Free Torquay – Jack Perry
A few weeks ago, I became an ambassador for the Plastic Bag Free Torquay campaign. Plastic litter is a major problem everywhere, but in a marine environment it is devastating.
The Southern Ocean has been my backyard my whole life. I’ve surfed all over the world and plastic litter is becoming something I’ve noticed more and more at every beach – even here. Some of it comes from ships that dump their litter straight into the ocean, but over half of it comes from land – it’s ours.
Plastic bags are particularly bad. They blow around easily, out of their landfill “home”, find their way into waterways and ultimately the sea. Plastic does not break down in water. Even biodegradable bags stay intact. And these bags look like food to birds, fish and sea mammals. When ingested, plastic leads to a slow, painful death through starvation and when the animal dies and breaks down, the plastic is released to kill again. It sucks.
So next time you’re at the shops and pick up some new gear, say no to the bag that’s offered. Tell them you surf and you support a plastic bag free Torquay. Check them out on facebook and www.plasticbagfreetorquay.org.au.