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How One Small Action Can Save A Life

How One Small Action Can Save A Life
In this day and age where plastic milk containers are used, many people are not aware of one component of these containers that pose a risk to wildlife – especially the Bowerbird.

This beautiful bird collects all things blue to decorate its nest to attract a potential mate.  Straws, pegs, bottle tops, you name it.  If it’s blue and able to be carried in their beak they will collect it.

A Satin Bowerbird and his female object of affection.

Photo: Gerhard Koertner

The lethal item, which is clearly seen in these images, is the plastic ring from the neck of the bottles that connects the lid. It’s not only deadly to the Bowerbird, but many other bird species as well.

The plastic ring in action.

Photo: Zoos Victoria Healesville Sanctuary

Removing the plastic ring.

Photo: The Australian Reptile Park

Another casualty of plastic waste.

Photo: RSPCA Cymru

Since learning of this danger to wildlife, I have never discarded a bottle leaving the ring intact. I always remove the ring and snip it with scissors or slice it with a knife. It is an easy habit to get into and I have been doing this for more than 25 years no matter what the ring colour is, be it blue, white, black or rainbow. If I am out and in possession of a bottle with a ring, I will remove that ring before discarding the bottle and slip it into my handbag or pocket and snip it when I get home.

This is one small thing you can do to save wildlife, it takes no time at all.

About The Author

Lorinda Jane

Lorinda Jane is the founder of Palm Oil Investigations. It took one distressing image to launch her conservation journey in 2013, which has since created a huge groundswell of awareness of the impact of palm oil on the planet. She’s an advocate for industry change and consumer choice and is proof that you don’t need a zoology degree to make big changes.