Thanks to incredible momentum inspired by ocean lovers, six out of eight Australian states and territories have committed to banning single-use plastics. New Zealand has also announced the launch of a fund to find alternatives to plastic and phase out single-use plastics between 2022 and 2025 in an effort to promote environmental sustainability.
Belgravia Leisure recognises the importance of the preservation of our natural environment and is committed to reducing our plastic waste. In August of 2019, Belgravia Leisure stopped the purchase and supply of plastic straws, plastic bags and plastic cutlery in all Belgravia Leisure managed venues across Australia and New Zealand.
Alexia Morgan, Group Manager of Business Improvement says, “Belgravia Leisure saw the need to say no to problematic single-use plastics well ahead of the much-needed bans across Australia and New Zealand. We encourage other businesses to follow suit – it’s not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for business.”
Most plastics break into even smaller particles, releasing chemicals into the soil, air, and water that are harmful to animals, plants, people and the environment. When not disposed of correctly straws are a particular hazard. Small and light, straws can end up accidentally ingested by sea animals who mistake plastic for food.
Whether still fully formed or broken down into tiny fragments, the plastic straws polluting our oceans continue to endanger wildlife — and, by extension, the environment.
With each jurisdiction committing to ban different plastics, you might be wondering which state is leading the race to ban single-use plastics in Australia and New Zealand – please find more information below.
- Find more information on the Australian Marine Conservation website here.
- Find more information about New Zealand’s plastic bans here.
- Learn more about Belgravia Leisure’s environmental sustainability here.
Reducing plastic pollution starts with us.