Plastic pollution in our seas and oceans is a massive issue, with predictions that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. Plastic bags are being found in dead marine animals. Plastic bottles and fishing nets break down and becomes micro plastics. Even washing our clothes leads to massive amounts of micro fibres being washed out to sea, and into the food chain.
Thankfully, there are some partial solutions on the horizon. The Seabin Project is now up and running, which collects plastic waste from ports and marinas. For further out to sea, The Ocean Cleanup is an audacious plan to scoop out huge amounts of waste.
What you can do
While these innovations are fantastic, we also need to play our part. Use less plastic, reuse it, and make sure you recycle it at the end of its life. Join a local beach clean. As well as cleaning up our beaches, regular litter picks actually prevent the build up of micro plastics in our oceans.
And you don’t need an organisation behind you to do your bit. Speak to your friends and family about the issue and persuade them to reduce, reuse and recycle. Here are some great ideas to reduce your plastic use that you could speak to them about.
If you need some more stats to back you up, check out the new film ‘A Plastic Ocean’.