Three hundred million tons of plastic are produced every year, and over 8 million tons of plastic winds up in our oceans.
There currently are no landscapes that haven’t been touched by plastic. Surprisingly even remote islands without human inhabitants have beaches filled with plastic.
Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, instead, it becomes brittle, breaking up into smaller and smaller pieces forming what’s called micro-plastic.
REDUCE SINGLE USE PLASTICS:
It should come as no surprise that my first suggestion is to reduce single-use plastics in your life.
You’d be surprised how much plastic you can eliminate from your life just by being more conscious of the plastic you use.
Most plastic isn’t actually recycled… less then 10% of all the plastic produced has EVER actually been recycled. Unknowingly to us, the plastic we “recycle” is actually shipped to other countries, some of which don’t have access to a formal and effective waste management infrastructure, leading to most of our ‘RECYCLED’ waste winding up in the ocean.
Glitter not only being messy and in most cases annoying, it is also plastic.
Glitter is known to get EVERYWHERE and stick to your skin which means … when you go to wash glitter off of your body, it goes straight down the drain and into the water ways. Glitter is also often too small to get filtered out causing it to wind up in the ocean.
Thankfully, micro-beads have been banned by most countries. Therefore, you’d have to go out of your way to find products with micro-beads in them. This being said, they were a major contributor to micro-plastics in the ocean.
Make sure to check your labels just in case and opt for micro-bead free products.
FISHING AND FISH NETS:
Fishnets are one of the biggest polluters in the ocean. It is common for old nets to be thrown into the ocean, causing marine life to be subject to getting trapped and unable to escape.
One of the best ways to avoid this is to stop eating fish or greatly reduce the amount of fish you’re consuming, it is also advised buy sustainable fish.