The most effective way to keep rubbish from washing up on the world’s beaches is to reduce our dependence on plastics, especially single-use items, and to commit to seek out alternative materials where possible.
Why is this important?
The fact is, as plastic weathers it breaks down and is easily mistaken for food by fish. A document produced by the Seafood Industry Council and Maritime New Zealand states that in parts of the world "fish are becoming seriously contaminated by plastic pollution". Plastic ingestion also kills turtles and seabirds. It's time New Zealand played its part in curbing the scourge.
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