Hello there and thank you for taking the time to read this post today. Like most of us, we have been seeing a lot of viral videos going around about the amount of plastic in our oceans, the harm that is done to the natural world by it too. I wanted to do some research into this subject, mainly to help me better understand what I could be doing to help more and in turn I have come up with some Plastic Ocean Facts for you all too, which are quite shocking!
Plastic is Everywhere
If you have a serious look around you, how many of the objects within your reach are made of plastic? I’m using my laptop to write this post which is plastic, my mobile phone has plastic, TV remote, my watch, even the glasses on my face have plastic.
Plastic is cheap and an incredibly versatile which make it such a popular product to use and manufacture. Each year we produce on average 300 million tonnes of plastic across the globe, half of which is single use plastics too! More than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans, this equates to one garbage truck of plastic being dumped into the ocean every minute. It is reported that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. Can you imagine?
‘It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth’ – Sir David Attenborough 2016
We are eating Plastic
We are already eating plastic from the oceans too. The average person that eats seafood, swallows up to 11,000 pieces of micro plastic every year. This is according to researchers who have done a study at the University of Ghent. It isn’t just seafood either, tap-water samples taken from more than a dozen nations and the results were quite shocking. Plastic fibers were found in 83 percent of the samples. This equals to billions of people drinking water contaminated with plastic. To this day, it is not known how the human body actually processes this plastic either or what it is doing to our bodies.
As the plastics in the ocean break down into micro plastics, this is where the toxic danger begins. These micro plastics attract toxins and these can cause all sorts of diseases in humans. The ocean itself has luckily been diluting these toxins so they weren’t so harmful, however due to the current amount and the expected rise of plastic in the ocean, this will not be the case forever. It is now that we have to act as the concentration of these micro plastics and toxins have built to a level where we NEED to act. They have been called ‘miniature toxic time bombs’.
So, How Can We Help?
Luckily, there are some very simple steps we can all start to take to help. I have compiled a list for you below:
- Giving up gum
- It’s made with polymers which is a synthetic plastic that doesn’t biodegrade
- Say no to straws
- If you need to use straws due to disability, there are non plastic alternatives available
- Use reusable bottles and cups
- Plastic bottles make up a large proportion of the plastic waste
- Take reusable shopping bags with you
- One person using reusable bags over their lifetime will save 22,000 plastic bags going into landfill and oceans
- Cleaning with green products
- How to get started here
- Using cloth nappies
Please Help How You Can
Whether it is recycling as much as you can, buying items with much less plastic packaging or even not using straws when offered one. Every little thing you do can make a massive difference. If every individual on this earth made one change, the impact would be massive. Veg box deliveries are now proving very popular. Usually organically grown, seasonal and no plastic involved too! I find it a huge shame that I cannot go to a supermarket and pick out individual items and pop them in the basket as they are. If you have a local fruit and veg shop, utlise them! They will enable you to buy the produce fresh and plastic free!
So What Do You Do To Help?
I would love to hear from you! Let me know what things you do to try to help our environment in the comments below. Have anymore suggestions? Let me know 🙂