Talkin’ trash this Christmas

By Asaesja Young

23 December 2016

Can you even image what 50 million reindeer look like? Credit: Nathan Lemon.

Q: What weighs the same as 50 MILLION adult reindeer but is nowhere near as cute?

A: The amount of rubbish that washes into the ocean each year

To be precise, more than 8.3 million tonnes of rubbish finds its way to the oceans each year. A million tonnes of this stays in the ocean but the rest of it finds its way onto shores all over the world.

Because we all know how bad rubbish is for the environment, we decided to give you a few tips on how to lighten your rubbish load this Christmas.

Planning to land that elusive Marlin?

Fishing nets can cause a lot of damage, don’t leave them behind for turtles to find.

Did you know that as many as 15,000 turtles are caught in dumped fishing gear in Northern Australia alone each year?

Throwing a frivolous festive function?

Even if you live in an inner city apartment, bits of balloons, noisy blowers and even curling ribbon can find its way to the ocean. This year our Marine Debris team showed how wind

Sea birds deserve to eat food, not plastic.

and storm water can carry rubbish through the storm water system, into rivers and ultimately into the ocean.

Hanging out at the beach?

An innovative way to deal with plastic water bottles. Credit: Etsy

As much as 40 per cent of litter found during organised clean-up activities in Australia are beverage containers.

Embarking on an urgent and hellish last minute shopping expedition? 

Our marine debris team has been working for years’ to better understand how rubbish ends up in the oceans. Their research shows that the plastic in our oceans and on our beaches come from us! While we’re the cause – we’re also the solution!

Here’s to a safe, happy and debris free Christmas!

Find out more on our marine debris research here.