4 days ago
Waste in the ocean is the topic for today. I will include ways down below to decrease your own plastic waste use!
First off, plastic has a much longer lifespan than you may think. It’s day to day use probably spans around 30-40 minutes. And for you, it’s gone once out of your sight. However, plastic biodegrades in 400-1000 years. The chemical residues persist even after that.
If people continue to be ignorant towards the issue of plastic waste, more and more of it will build up in oceans and in landfills (not where any of it belongs). The whale found with 90 pounds of plastic inside them was too hip to that.
But yeah, continue with your selfish ways. And by selfish I mean, putting the needs of others before the wants of yourself.
Realize that what you are doing is harmful to maybe not yourself right now but extremely harmful to the animals in the oceans that have to deal with plastic waste.
Here are some spicy facts to spice up your day:
- 73.9 million pounds of plastic are spread throughout the world’s gyres (ocean currents).
- 92.5% of dead seabirds (Northern Fulmars) in a study had ingested plastic in amount equal to 5% of their body weight.
- 54% of the 120 marine animals of the threatened list have been observed entangled in or ingesting plastic.
So, now onto what YOU can do.
Use less plastic.
One way you could do this, is start by going to a local coffee shop or sports place to get a reusable bottle. By doing this, instead of using multiple plastic bottles per day, you can refill your water bottle without adding to plastic waste in the ocean.
Another way is to buy a reusable bag, or no bag if it’s not needed.
Try to use non-plastic utensils as well.
All the ocean friendly methods will be monetarily costly upfront, however will be a big benefit to the oceans and animals if you participate in this lifestyle consistently.
Have any questions, comments, or concerns?
Please DM me! (Some info like the stats from oneworldoneocean Plastics Breakdown)