Reducing plastic pollution

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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.


Aeolian islands

Aeolian islands

Beautiful, picturesque, paradise. We are supporting the conservation efforts of the Blue Marine Foundation in the Aeolian islands.

The Aeolian islands, an archipelago north of Sicily, are home to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. With their secluded black-sand beaches against a postcard backdrop of volcanoes and lush vegetation, it is no wonder the islands attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

The islands are also the home of many creatures – bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead turtles, sperm wales and there are various species of fish that thrive in the Aeolian waters.

However, the Aeolian Islands are in danger.

Increasing tourism, excessive illegal over-fishing, abandoned stray nets and other man-made phenomena are destroying the habitats of marine species and causing their numbers to decline.

Through close monitoring, regulation and preservation of this land they aim to protect the area and its rich biodiversity.

You can read more about the project, in collaboration with the Aeolian Island Preservation Fund on Blue Marine Foundation’s website.

The way we Sea – Aeolian Preservation Fund video from Blue Marine Foundation on Vimeo.

Monk seal conservation

Monk seal conservation

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is the initiator of a protection project for the Mediterranean monk seal launched in 2013.

The Monk seal (Monachus monachus) is one of the world’s most endangered species, having only around 500 left in the world. Threats to the population are two-fold, with seals suffering the negative effects of fishing as well as the overall destruction of their natural habitat.

Recent conservation projects headed up by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (PAIIF) in the Aegian sea however have seen promising results. Using the practices of Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), the projects aim to promote cooperation between local stakeholders and conservationists’ efforts in order to aid the recovery of the monk seal population.

These projects require funding in order to carry on. Switzerland for the Oceans is proud to support the efforts of PAIIF and their partners, including their collaboration in the CYCLADES LIFE project, in the field of monk seal conservation in the Aegian region.

This video by CYCLADES LIFE shows Monk seals enjoying life in the area – lets help them continue!