We care because plastic pollution is a HUGE problem. Plastic is a man-made product that does not naturally decompose. Unlike biodegradable materials that will gradually breakdown and dissolve back into the land, plastic will not. This means that the plastic pollution we face today is not going to get any better unless we make an active commitment to intervene. And we need to.
Plastic pollution is having a devastating effect on our marine life, and ecosystem. According to the United Nations, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the ocean every year. This is equal to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute! This isn’t just making the ocean ‘dirty’, it is literally killing our marine life. Over a million seabirds die every year from ingesting plastic debris and more than 100,000 marine mammals suffer a similar fate. The UN suggests that 15% of species that are affected by ingestion or entanglement of marine pollution are endangered.
It’s not just the sad fate of a sea turtle mistaking plastic bags for Jellyfish. The plastic ingested by sea creatures and other animals is making its way up the food chain… all the way to us. A growing group of academics, scientists and governments are now viewing plastic pollution as a human health hazard in addition to more obvious environmental implications.
Ok, You’ve Convinced Me. How Do I Get Involved?
See if you are up for the challenge of going plastic free this July! It may seem daunting, and that is because it is extremely hard to avoid plastic in our current society. We have become dependent on plastic, and giving it up for the month can be a great eye-opening experience to see how much plastic you truly use…..and you are only one person! Think about the whole world!
Go to http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ to learn more, and sign up for the official Plastic Free July Challenge. We’ll be joining and sharing lots of great tips on how we can ditch the plastic this summer!