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September 03, 2018

Gold Coast businessman Damien Stone says he is embarrassed to find this pile of plastic rubbish in ten minutes at Broadbeach

DAMIEN Stone says he is embarrassed to say he collected this pile of rubbish from a Gold Coast beach in just 10 minutes.

“We have some of the most beautiful natural assets in the world yet we are among the worst at protecting them — it’s embarrassing,” said Mr Stone, a local businessman, of his haul from Broadbeach.


Rubbish on the beach at Surfers Paradise after Schoolies week.

The co-founder of Water3 freshwater kiosks is speaking out as “Sea Week” started yesterday with the aim of raising awareness for the ocean.

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Mr Stone said the National Litter Index, published by Keep Australia Beautiful, labelling Queensland as the most-littered state in the country, should be a wake-up call for those who use single-use plastics.


Founder of Water 3 Damien Stone. Pic: supplied.

“People need to entirely reboot their habits when it comes to thinking about what they purchase,” he said.

“They need to question what is really important to them — quenching their thirst from a plastic bottle, or saving our ecosystems that we can’t live without?”


One of the new plastic bags supplied by Coles tossed into a wheelie. Pic: John Grainger.

He said while the supermarket plastic bag debate had drawn attention recently studies show plastic bottles were a larger problem.

“There’s 10 times the amount of plastic bottles choking up our local environment than plastic bags.

“Beverage containers are the second most-littered item in Queensland, second only to cigarette

butts.”

This article featured in Gold Coast Bulletin


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