The Problem

Since 2016, the number of food packaging collected from the Brisbane River through the Clean Up Program has increased. It is a problem replicated throughout the globe and our current usage is not sustainable. Approximately 8% of the oil produced worldwide is used in the complete manufacturing process of plastics (including energy used during production). Of all plastic produced, about one third is used to make plastic packaging, which quickly becomes rubbish. The world’s fossil fuel reserves are declining, as is our capacity for disposal of waste into landfills. The linear, as opposed to cyclical, nature of the world’s current plastic usage is not sustainable.

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