Plastic can be very useful, it’s durable and versatile making it a very popular material. Currently there is 300 million tons of plastics produced each year and by 2050 that will grow to 900 million. Most if not all of the plastic ever produced is still around today in one shape or another. But where does this plastic go? Only 10% of plastic is properly recycle and the rest will end up in landfills and the ocean.
When plastic lands in the ocean it can negatively affect many species from birds to fish. Shearwaters are a seabird that pick up floating plastic from the ocean and bring it to their chicks to eat. That plastic will just sit in their stomach until there is no more room for anything, even food. One 90-day old chick had 276 pieces of plastic in their stomach, the equivalent for a human would be 12 large pizzas in our stomach that would never digest.
One of the biggest single use plastics is the straw. They are just thrown away never to be seen again but they have a huge impact on many marine life including sea turtles. Sea turtles can get the straws stuck in their nostrils and stop breathing. If you weighed all the plastic in the ocean by 2050 it would be the same weight as all the fish in the ocean.
- Use reusable bags when shopping! Many stores give a discount when you use a reusable bag!
- Switch to reusable coffee pods with your own coffee!
- Take a #refusethestraw pledge! Ask your server for no straw please! Or buy paper and reusable ones!
- Instead of using plastic wrap or sandwich bags find reusable containers!
- Take a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go!
The Shearwaters and Sea Turtles thank you!