Plastic bag ban is not perfect but it's a good start

IT IS going to take more than banning single-use plastic bags, though this is a beginning and an awareness-raising exercise, to cut the amount of plastic finding its way from gutters, creeks and rivers into the sea (Daily, May 31).

That the SCU and its Hervey Bay campus have to spend precious funds to investigate what plastics' users could fairly easily make a habit of disposing of thoughtfully and also reducing this detritus (i.e. not throwing plastics into waterways) is obviously necessary but sad and bouquets to the investigators.

Surely ocean users have enough information and smarts by now to understand the risk to marine animals.

Though I applaud your editorial of the same issue, merely picking up beach rubbish is not going to solve the issue of the Pacific Ocean "garbage patch" and the trillions of tiny microbial pieces of plastic which have already found their way even to the deepest depths of the oceans.

Apart from the Japanese quasi-"scientific" whaling death squads, the thoughtless and habitual disposal of plastics at sea, is possibly the single most likely cause of threat to the well-being of our wonderful marine life.

We are surrounded by plastic; it is convenient to use and re-use but items like plastic cutlery, straws, containers and polystyrene require substitutes to be found in the way of paper, (yes, more pulped forests), tin and glass.

Additionally, there is the recycling angle. Anyone who has seen a pelican with fishing line wrapped around its foot or bill would understand the necessity for safe disposal of this stuff.

Every individual has to take responsibility for leaving the planet healthier and its citizens more educated and in tune with our environment.

CLAIRE JOLLIFFE

Buderim



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