This is how long it takes Australia to produce one tonne of plastic waste

It only takes one minute for Australia to generate one tonne of plastic waste. That’s enough to fill a shipping container every single minute and 87 percent of that is still ending up in our landfills.

But a new initiative by zero waste cleaning brand Resparkle asks Australians to take that negative statistic and turn it into a positive one.

“Since the government committed to the Natural Plastic targets in 2018, with our recycling rate of 13 percent today, we are a long way from the ambitious target of 70 percent by 2025. With the Plastic Export Ban taking effect, we could see even more plastic waste going into our landfills,” says Pearl Chan, CEO of Resparkle.

“We’re the lucky country, yet we are the most wasteful nation in the developed world. Failure to take real action now will see ocean plastic quadruple and our use of plastic double by 2040,” comments Chan.

“Plastic is the second biggest factor contributing to climate change. Inaction would mean the irreversible elimination of wildlife and the destruction of the natural world as we know it.”


Resparkle’s movement is asking each of us to take responsibility for our own waste and call on our government to make companies take responsibility for theirs. The campaign aims to get 1,440 people – the number of minutes there are in a day – to take one minute out of their day to be the catalyst for change.

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Charli Ferrand

Charli wrote her first novel at the tender age of 9, then dabbled in the idea of becoming a professional ballerina for a few years, before returning to her love of writing, acquiring a BA (Hons) in Journalism, Film & Broadcast from Cardiff University in the UK. A three-month holiday in Australia turned into a 11 year residency, during which Charli cemented her career in PR & Marketing Communications working with some of the biggest brands in the world. She also gained her citizenship, discovered her passion for sustainability and eventually ended up coming full circle, combining her professional skills with her love of the planet and oceans into her role as Editor-in-Chief of Earth Collective. A trained journalist, experienced communications professional and qualified Mental Health First Aider, Charli has her finger on the pulse of the latest political and environmental developments around the world. You can find her writing about current affairs, political activism and mental health.

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