Stop buying plastic products
Plastic poses the biggest threat to our seas. Oceans are choking on plastic cups, water bottles, straws, and single-use plastic bags. There are almost five trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans. A plastic bag was even found in the Mariana Trench, which is the deepest point of the ocean at 36,000 feet below the surface level.
The visible plastic we see floating on the surface accounts for just the five percent of all plastic litter that has been dumped into the ocean water. The other 95 percent is present beneath the surface, where it wrecks aquatic ecosystems and strangles underwater marine creatures. Researchers have found plastic fragments in the stomach and muscles of the sea creatures living in the deepest part of the sea. These sea creatures are continuously dying across the world due to our unregulated plastic addiction.
Today, our world is producing 20 times more plastic products than 40 years ago. Each year, more than eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems. Unfortunately, plastic waste that finds its way into the ocean remains there for centuries as plastic doesn't degrade. It leaches toxic chemicals that are incredibly harmful to marine life. According to the United Nations Environment, the rate at which humans are dumping plastic bags, bottles, cups, and straws will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. About 1 million plastic bottles are sold every minute around the globe. And 1.3 billion bottles are sold daily, which is equivalent to half the size of the Eiffel tower. Sadly, less than 6 percent of all the plastic ever produced has been recycled. And despite all the evidence pointing towards the adversaries of plastic pollution, the production is on the rise.
Unless action is taken now, plastic will destroy the oceans fro our future generations. We must see the plastic as a harmful and persistent pollutant that sticks around for centuries and destroys our planet. One person cannot fight the fight against plastic pollution; everyone needs to get behind the cause collectively. In the struggle against limiting plastics, no action is too small to make a difference!
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