Plastic & The Ocean – a Bad Relationship

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Repost from our ModestPlanet Blog

 I go to the ocean to calm down, to reconnect with the creator, to just be happy.
-Nnedi Okorafor

The Earth is covered by nearly 70% of water, yet only 5% of the ocean has been explored.  This provides the magnitude of how large the ocean is & how little we actually know about the water landscape.

Unfortunately, the ocean has become a destination for much of the land garbage for many years now, especially plastic,  The big takeaway is that 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean each year!

Why plastic is an issue?   Two main issues with plastic reside in the fact that various types of plastic contain BPA, which cause several health issues from increased blood pressure to cancer.  The second issue is plastic takes approximately 400 years to decompose in the environment!

When plastic finds its way to the ocean, it is likely going to be in the ocean for those hundreds of years.  Of course there are many species that call the ocean its home. Now, the lives under the water must deal with their water being polluted, along with the possibility of being entangled in the plastic garbage.

Having plastic & other pollution in the ocean has meant the chemicals and toxins from the pollution has leaked into the ocean, which sealife feeds off.  Because of the ocean pollution, many species are at-risk of species extinction & rapid loss of sea life.

For us humans, the seafood that we consume may have elevated levels of contamination like mercury, due to the seafood consuming & living in polluted waters.

 We can all do our part to ensure pollution is not diverted into our waterways. Be sure to use recycle bins & NEVER litter! Check out the video below for a more in-depth coverage of this issue:

Plastic Ocean Trailer


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