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Two weeks, Perth: a handy guide to your smug new plastic bag-free life

Plastic waste is a serious problem that many countries around the world, including Australia. It has huge effects on lands, waterways and oceans. And in many different ways, plastic waste grows. Since plastic was first produced in the 1940s, it has been used by humans and this usage continues to grow rapidly because of its advantages – it is strong, mouldable and of course cheap.

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Unfortunately, high number of plastic disposable items or products is made for single-us. With that being said, they will be disposed of within one year. As a result, consumers of the different types of plastics use them for a single reason and throw them away or recycle them.

To make plastic more resilient, there are certain chemicals being added. However, most of these chemicals are harmful to human and other living organisms. Chemicals from plastics expose people through the air, dust, water, food and use of consumer products multiple times daily. The production and disposal of it also contribute to a variety of environmental problems.

Another substance used to produce plastic is crude oil. The oil is a non-renewable resource and once used, it cannot be replaced. This is also one of the reasons why plastic does not biodegrade. It just fragments and never decomposes.

Plastic waste does not directly poison human beings, at least all the time. However, it can poison animals, which in turn can seriously affect human food consumption. The waste is detrimental to large marine mammals because some marine species after dying have had large portions of plastics in their stomachs. Since plastic interferes with the animal’s digestive system causing it to starve and they block their air passageways, death occurs.

In an article published by Emma Young from WA Today, she motivates Perth residents to minimise plastic waste sent to landfill. Click this link to read the full article: https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/two-weeks-perth-a-handy-guide-to-your-smug-new-plastic-bag-free-life-20180619-p4zmh5.html

WA farmers reap rewards of huge increase in wool price

Australia is a country that is abundant in mineral resources of all kinds. In fact, Aussies witnessed the richest gold rush in history in the late nineteenth century. Today we remain as one of the biggest gold producers in the world and continue to explore new territory in the hope of repeating history.

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Aside from gold, Australia is also the world’s largest agricultural export producers particularly livestock. The country has been providing sheep and cattle to Asia, Africa, and Middle East for decades making us the number one live animal exporter.

At that time, Australia is also the world’s top wool producer. The country is also has the largest sheep population with China running second. For many decades, Australian Marino wool formed the backbone of Australian economy until the wool market crashed in 1989. This leaves Australia a lot of stock piles.

Few years back, the Australian government were more focused on short-term gains in ripping out coal and other raw materials, leaving massive holes in the ground and causing havoc to the environment. Funding to the farming industry and its communities has dwindled over the years and in some cases rail transport systems have been severed.

Luckily these days, the country is now starting to value wools. Many industries are now using wools for their manufacturing needs. It is a wonder fibre. It is water resistant because its fibres have hard outer layer which throws off water and its core absorbs moisture vapour without becoming damp. It is moisture wicking, the wool absorbing moisture from the body and it helps to keep the wearer dry and warm.

Because of these benefits that wool provides, wool has a huge increase in value allowing over 6 thousand Western Australian farmers to reap from this benefit. This increase is fuelled by insatiable demand from China and constrained supply from low sheep members.

Read more about this story at: https://thewest.com.au/business/agriculture/wa-farmers-reap-rewards-of-huge-increase-in-wool-price-ng-b88851950z