- By Dwaipayan, 18 August 2020 | 5 MIN READ
Plastic pollution is skyrocketing and is one of the greatest threats to ocean health worldwide. Between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year—sufficient to wrap every foot of coastline on the planet! The amount is projected to triple in the coming 20 years.
Plastic pollution adversely impacts most sea creatures from sea turtles, whales, seabirds, fish, coral reefs, and countless other marine species and habitats. Scientists estimate more than half of the world’s sea turtles and nearly every seabird on Earth have consumed plastic in their lifetimes. Plastic pollution has otherwise havocked beautiful beaches, coastlines, and snorkel and dive sites worldwide, you can find affects of plastic pollution even in the remotest corners of the globe.
How do we address ocean plastic pollution?
Everyone can do their bit to reduce the amount of plastic that enters the ocean, and in fact people worldwide are already taking the initiative to reduce the use of plastic from their daily life.
1. Avoid Single-Use Plastics
One of the simplest approaches is limiting or avoiding your own use of single-use plastics. Single-use plastics involve plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, dry cleaning bags, and any other plastic items that are used once and then thrown away.
You can take action by refusing any single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags, takeout utensils, takeout containers), secondly by purchasing reusable versions of those products, including reusable grocery bags, produce bags, bottles, utensils, coffee cups, and dry cleaning garment bags. By refusing you help businesses know that you would like them to offer alternatives.
2. Recycle Suitably
When you’re using single-use (and other) plastics that can be recycled, ensure you recycle them. Recycling facilitates keep plastics out of the ocean and lowers the amount of “new” plastic in circulation. Find a place to recycle plastic waste near you, check Earth911’s recycling directory. You can also contact the local recycling center about the types of plastic they accept.
3. Participate in Beach or River Clean-up
Help get rid of plastics from the ocean and stop them from getting there in the first place by participating or organizing a clean-up of your local beach or river. This is one of the best ways to fight ocean/river plastic pollution.
4. Join hands with Plastic Bans
Municipalities across the world have enacted bans on single-use plastic bags, takeout containers, and bottles. As an accountable citizen, you can always support the adoption of such policies in your community.
5. Avoid Products with Microbeads
Tiny plastic particles, called “microbeads,” are a growing source of ocean plastic pollution in recent years. Microbeads are noticed in some face scrubs, toothpaste, and body washes, and they easily enter our oceans and waterways through our sewer and drainage systems and affect hundreds of marine species. The best way to avoid products containing plastic microbeads is by looking for “polyethylene” and “polypropylene” on the ingredient labels of your cosmetic products.
6. Spread plastic awareness
Stay well informed on issues to plastic pollution and help make others aware of the crisis. Spread awareness to friends and family about how they can be part of the solution.
7. Join hands with Organizations Addressing Plastic Pollution
Non-profit organizations are ceaselessly working to reduce ocean plastic pollution in a variety of different ways. Many such organizations depend on donations from people like you to continue their important work. Insignificant donations can also make a big difference!
Plastics are non-biodegradable which means that it doesn’t go away: “plastics are forever.”
One of the reasons that plastic pollution is such a problem is that it cannot be consumed by such earth bacteria. They remain on earth for thousands of years.
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