There has been a increasing focus in the media lately on how severe the issue of plastic in our oceans is right now. But what we can do as individuals to help the fight against plastic in the ocean? It doesn’t matter if you live on the coast, a island such as the UK or inland such as the heart of the US or mainland Europe. We can all help.
“But I don’t live near the beach. I can’t possibly be part of the problem.” Well, not necessarily true. You don’t have to litter by the beach for your litter to end up in the ocean.
Over 80% of ocean plastic leaks from land bases sources. We’ve made more plastic in the last 10 years than the century before that. Half of those plastic products are considered disposable. How can it be disposable when it doesn’t decompose/indestructible?
So how does plastic end up in our ocean? Simply put, by entering our water system:
Our water systems aren’t just the ocean and rivers. Everyone of us has access a water system, showers and drains for example.
If we don’t change how we treat our planet by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Currently every man, woman and child is estimated to use 136 kilograms of single-use plastic every year. As of July 2018 it is estimated that the world’s population is 7.6 billion people. By 2050 it is expected that the world’s population will be 9.7 billion. Our oceans are at breaking point now, how can we expect the planet to continue as we are with a growing population?
We can all make One Change Now:
- Using reusable bags when shopping and recycling the single use bags we do use. I drop mine off at my local Tesco.
- Say no to plastic straws – You can now buy reusable metal straws.
- Say no to disposable cutlery.
- Take your recycling home if your work place, gym or anywhere else you spend time in does not offer a recycling bin. Mine currently doesn’t. I take all my cans, bottles and cardboard home every day. It takes no effort.
- Preparing food and not buying on the go.
- Take your own Tupperware/plate to cafes that don’t offer plates and just bags and trays to go.
- Reusable cups – As a planet we use 7 million disposable coffee cups per day, that 2.5 Billion per year.
If you can’t make all these changes in your daily life then commit to make One Change Now. If we all make small changes future generations will thank us as we are all going to pay the price.