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Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags

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When:

  • Sat 29 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Where:

35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant and Bar, 69 Marsden Rd, Paihia Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level, by creating recycled reusable bags that are stored at the store & then returned next time you are in town.

So what's all the fuss about?

If you take a look around, you start to realise that much of what we eat, drink, or use comes packaged in plastic – a material made from petroleum which is designed to last forever, yet is usually used only once before being thrown away.

While the invention of plastic certainly has its benefits, the short-term convenience of single-use disposables like plastic bags, water bottles, coffee cups and takeaway containers carries an inconvenient long-term truth. Worldwide, around 1 million plastic bags are used every minute, contributing roughly 3.5 million tonnes of waste per year.

That’s just plastic bags alone. Add bottles, cups, containers, utensils, food wrappers and straws to the mix and you’ve got a whole lot of waste! This plastic isn’t going away in your lifetime, probably not even in your children’s, children’s, children’s lifetimes – plastic will last for thousands of years.

Currently, only 5% of single-use plastics disposed of are recycled. Roughly 50% is buried in landfills, a small proportion is made into durable goods, and the remaining is “unaccounted for” – lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea through drains and waterways.

In the ocean, sunlight and wave action causes the plastic to fragment into smaller and smaller pieces, which results in all kinds of hazards for our marine life.

44% of all seabirds, 33% of Cetaceans, all sea turtles and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies. In some areas of the ocean, concentrations of plastic have been measured to be 40 times greater than that of plankton!

Ingestion of plastic, mistaken as food, can lead to internal blockages, dehydration, starvation and ultimately death for many of these animals.

The presence of plastic in the marine food webs presents a huge problem, not only for the animals and ocean ecosystems but for us. Ever heard the saying, ‘you are what you eat’? Much of the seafood which lands on your plate is likely to have consumed plastic.

These small particles of plastic are called ‘POPs’ – persistent organic pollutants as they readily absorb toxic chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides which are used all around the world and leach into our oceans.

The plastic that our marine life is eating, we are ultimately eating – and this has all sorts of implications for our health.

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