A dead whale washed ashore in eastern Indonesia was found to have over 115 plastic cups and thongs in its stomach. The shocking images of the 9.5 metre whale are a testament to our throw away plastic society.
The whale held 5.9 kilograms of plastic waste in its stomach consisting mostly of 115 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 80 plastic bags, 2 thongs, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic. The below image are of items found in the whales stomach.
Indonesia is said to be the second largest plastic-polluter contributor in the world. It produces 3.2 million tonnes of plastic waste a year! There is hope though! Indonesia has pledged $1 billion a year to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic and other waste by product polluting Indonesian waters.
Consider how you might be able to do your part here in Australia. There are now options to reuse bags, buy reusable protective food wrap and containers. Check out some of these Australia owned companies: