supported in 2017:
Oceancare – Reducing plastic pollution
Plastic plays a big role in our daily lives. After we’ve used it – often for disposable packaging – we just throw it away. According to OceanCare, the thin plastic bags we use for grocery shopping are, on average, turned into waste within 25 minutes.
Plastic does not biodegrade, and our oceans are full of it. OceanCare says around nine million tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans every year.
Cosmetics are also a source of plastic pollution in our oceans. Have you heard of microbeads? Many products, such as face and body scrubs, contains these tiny plastic beads. To an ocean organism, they look just like food or fish eggs.
Lush Cosmetics and 5 Gyres Institute have produced the video below – many organisations want to ban plastic microbeads in cosmetics completely.
Without action, by 2050, the ocean is expected to contain more plastics than fish by weight.
What can I do?
- Educate yourself about plastic pollution
- Make little choices every day to reduce plastic waste, like picking an ocean-safe cosmetics brand, or using a non-disposable mug rather than a plastic cup. Just one person’s contribution will make a difference.