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 So far all we’ve heard about at the recent Splendour festival is the mud and traffic problems. Nowhere has there been a mention of the sickening amount of plastic generated by this event in our so-called ‘green’ shire.

As a worker at a food stall, I turned away one person after another who came up with a water container to refill. Why? The drinking water tanks Splendour said they would provide were always (mysteriously but oh so conveniently) empty. So punters were forced to buy water. All 25,000 them, and for four days!

And the Splendour organisers were only too happy to accommodate this ‘need’ by providing them with tiny 600ml water bottles, which stallholders were directed to charge at no less than $4.

Of course this added yet another cost to an already expensive festival, but in this day and age we all know the real cost of all this plastic and who, ultimately, pays for it –our oceans!

Our oceans are currently choking to death on plastic. And it shouldn’t take too much imagination to picture what life on Earth might be like with a dead ocean. Today it’s the fish dying, tomorrow it’s us, just as each strand in the web is connected to and shares the same fate as the web it belongs to.

Wake up, people. Ban plastic and this will be just a starting point to healing this Earth. If we, as consumers, do not put the hard word on big business, who will?

The lack of ethics and responsibility of our businesses and governments is killing us all, while we hand them all our money for it.

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