Say No to Plastic!
Say No to Plastic!
12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year. If waste management practices don't improve, scientists predict this amount could increase tenfold by 2025.
Plastics make up to around 75% of marine litter, although this can be up to 100% at some sites.
Plastic in the Ocean breaks up into smaller fragments called microplastics, which have been identified in commercial fish consumed by humans.
Half of all plastics are single-use applications, used just once and then disposed of.
Plastic was invented 150 years ago. It never goes away it just gets smaller, making it harder to remove from the Ocean. Plastic is indestructible, it was designed to defy nature, designed not to decompose.
Birds are highly susceptible to plastic ingestion. It is estimated that over 90% of all seabirds have ingested plastic.
There is no giant floating island of plastic at the centre of the Pacific or any other part of the Ocean. The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch is invisible from the surface however, plankton nets reveal the true nature of the problem which is an accumulation of microplastics that fill up each net in concentrations that increase towards the Ocean centre.
Plastic acts as a sink for chemicals in the environment and transports them. When the plastic is mistakenly consumed by marine life these plastic chemicals are released and stored in the fatty tissue of the animal. They then travel up the marine food chain, magnifying in concentration on their way up.
Chemicals are added to plastic during its production to give it certain properties and some known endocrine disruptors which have been linked to critical diseases including, birth defects, cancer, autoimmune disease, infertility and cognitive and behavioural disorders.
We can solve the problems above by reducing the usage of plastics and start to recycle all used plastics such as plastic water bottles and plastic bags.