Great Environmental News for Australia!

We are the World Blogfest #WATWB

Welcome to the March installment of the good news blogfest featuring feel-good stories from around the world. As you know if you follow my blog, I usually share good news about the environment, whether that’s here in my neck of the woods or in the marshes of the deep South or the Arctic Circle or, like this month, in Australia.

On the last Friday of every month, bloggers from all over the world gather online to share good news to combat all the bad news we see in the media every day. You can read some of the stories by visiting Facebook, Twitter, or any of the host pages. This month the hosts are Sylvia McGrath, Eric Lahti, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Shilpa Garg, and Belinda Witzenhausen.

‘Biodegradable’ Plastic Being Phased Out in Australia

The story I have chosen to share this month is about plastics in Australia and what the government is doing to help alleviate the crisis of too much plastic clogging the nation’s waterways, soils, and landscapes.

This month Australia began implementing its National Plastics Ban. The initiative includes banning plastics on beaches, phasing in microplastic filters in washing machines, ending polystyrene packaging for takeout foods, and the phasing out of a certain type of so-called ‘biodegradable’ plastic.

Just because a plastic is labeled ‘biodegradable’ doesn’t mean it’s any less harmful to the environment than non-biodegradable plastics. There are few regulations governing the use of the word ‘biodegradable,’ so there are plenty of times when products are labeled as such when they, in fact, can live on in the environment for centuries.

The article explains it much better than I do. Click here to read it for yourself.

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