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Tackling Ocean Plastic

The amount of plastic in our oceans is at an all time high, with 8 million pieces finding their way into water every year. In 2018, a shocking study estimated more than half of the world’s sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs.

That’s why AFD is combating marine debris. With the help of dedicated volunteers, AFD has removed over 160kg of rubbish from Melbourne’s beaches. AFD also run beach clean ups in the UK. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with our cleans.

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The rubbish collected from just one beach in Victoria. Image credit: Coastcare

Earlier this year, AFD hosted the Frankston Seaside Scavenge where over 180 people joined in. The “trash for treasure” festival brought together numerous not-for-profits, local businesses and people from all over Melbourne to combat ocean pollution.

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Image credit: Coastcare

AFD raises awareness about the effects of plastic pollution via our events and social media. We also encourage ethical and environmentally friendly alternatives by partnering with companies dedicated to providing products to phase out single-use plastic.

If you’re looking for simple ways to lower your impact on the ocean, check out our blog “10 ways to reduce ocean plastic”.

If you want to take further action against plastic, check out our guide on how to host your own beach clean.

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