How many straws are estimated to be used each day in Australia?

    According to Clean Up Australia, Australians use about 10 million straws every day, or 3.5 billion a year. Most are used just once - for around 15-30 minutes, after which they are thrown away! Visit,reported%20by%20Clean%20Up%20volunteers. for more information.

    What is the oldest drinking straw ever recorded and who were the peoples which this straw belonged to? 

    3,000BC. The Sumerians (southern Iraq). The straw was laden with gold and precious blue stones.

    How long does it take for a plastic shopping bag to break down? 

    According to the ABC plastic bags can take anywhere between 20 and 1000 years to break down.  They never fully breakdown, leaving smaller pieces of plastic known as microplastics.

    What are plastics made of? 

    Petroleum and natural gas.

    Does a plastic container or package stamped with a number in a small triangle mean that it can be recycled? 

    NO. The numbers in the triangles are only there to indicate which type of plastic resin the containers are made of.  Check with your local Council for what plastic containers they accept in the recycle bin.

    Most of the plastic in the ocean comes from ships at sea? 

    False. Most of the plastic in the ocean comes from land, washed out through lakes, rivers and storm drains when it rains.

    What are Plastic Free July's top 4 takeaway items to avoid? 

    Plastic bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups.

    What is Litterati?

    Litterati is an app you can download on your phone that allows you to take a photo of rubbish on the street, record its location and upload it. This geotag of rubbish is then used to influence companies and organisations around the world. Visit to find out more.  

    According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, what is the most common type of litter on this planet?

    Cigarette butts.

    Why should we avoid buying bottled water?

    According to Clean Up Australia:

    • Water extracted from springs can deplete the aquifer, which can have consequences for local people, flora and fauna.
    • It can take up to 3L of water and 1L of oil to produce just 1L of water.
    • The transportation of water around the world requires energy, which is mostly created by burning fossil fuels.
    • Although plastic bottles are recyclable, many end up in landfill or as litter. When littered they often end up in the sea where they break up in small pieces, killing marine life that mistake them for food.
    • Bottled water is expensive. Over 90% of the cost of a water bottle can be traced back to the bottle, lid and label.  You can save all that money by drinking tap water.