Issue 6
Tuesday, 04 August 2020
Charles Darwin University
Environmental Honours student and EnviroCollective CDU President Brittany Hayward-Brown
Environmental Honours student and EnviroCollective CDU President Brittany Hayward-Brown

Students call to reduce single-use plastics

An environmental action group is doing its bit to support a global initiative that encourages people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution.

Bachelor of Science (Hons) students Brittany Hayward-Brown is President of EnviroCollective CDU, which launched a social media campaign in support of the Plastic Free July movement.

“Our aim was to promote environmental awareness and behavioural change on our campuses and in the wider community. We wanted to raise awareness of the long-lasting impact of single-use items such as bottles, bags, cups and straws,” Brittany said.

“Millions of these items are thrown away every day but the fact is they are derived from fossil fuels; they don’t break down, and this has a detrimental effect on our environment, including accelerating climate change.” 

Brittany said that July, or indeed any time was a good time to start a good habit.

An estimated eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year, she said.

“Here’s another scary fact: A recent study found that each week people ingest up to five grams of micro plastics into our digestive systems. That’s roughly equivalent to eating a credit card each week.

“We need to raise greater awareness and engage people at a grassroots level to change their thinking and their behaviour,” she said.

“The more people who give it a go – who reduce their use of one-off plastics – the better off we’ll be.

“Give it a try,” she said. “What’s the worst that could happen if we prevent tonnes of plastic going into the ocean?” 

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