In the wake of our growing realisation of the extensive damage that plastic pollution is having on our planet, we are constantly seeking new ways to help reduce plastic waste and stop it from reaching the ocean. The City of Kwinana – a small city south of Perth – has come up with a solution that is inspirational in its effectiveness and simplicity – and it is taking the world by storm, reaching an international audience of over 25 million.
It’s called a drain sock, and it is a simple as it sounds. A large rope net fitted over the exit point of a storm-water drain, which collects trash and debris before it enters local waterways. It’s a particularly effective solution as it is estimated that 1,500 Kilograms of plastic enters the ocean every hour, and this primarily comes through stormwater drains.