Our Oceans are filling with Plastic
This message is coming at us from every angle nowadays. So how does plastic end up in our oceans exactly?
Wind is one of the biggest factors in plastic making its way to our oceans. The plastic that is discarded in the streets finds its way to rivers and beaches with strong winds. This is a mere step away from plastic waste entering our oceans.
Drainage systems for stormwater often travels, unfiltered, to the oceans. Plastic waste which is not disposed of correctly will find its way to stormwater drains and make its’ way directly to the ocean or major rivers.
Drains in our sinks and showers at home are also channels for plastic waste. Small particles called microplastics found in face washes – which are banned in the UK – will pass through filters and make their way through channels to rivers and oceans.
Plastic factories are often the biggest plastic polluters. Waste from the production of plastic can enter our water system straight from the factories. Small particles of plastic called nurdles (as well as mermaid’s tears), which are the small pellets of plastic are incorrectly disposed of and will travel through to our oceans where they pose a great danger to the lower end of the food chain – meaning that a knock on effect will occur.
Greenpeace has said that nearly three out of four beaches in the UK are polluted with nurdles.
What to Do?
Plastic is a common material, it is difficult to eradicate completely, but you can ensure that you are plastic wise. Ensure that you cut down on the use of single-use plastics such as plastic bottles, cutlery and cups and straws. Opt to fill a reusable glass bottle for your water and replace your plastic utensils with reusable options. When you use plastics, ensure that they are disposed of in recycling bins or collected by an accredited recycling service.
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