By 2050 there will be more plastic in our ocean than marine life. This will also mean that more and more organisms will face death and the threat of extinction due to our own pollution in their oceans, something needs to change.
In theory, the solution to the problem is extremely simple, we need to reduce the amount of plastic we use and that will subsequently decrease the amount of plastic in our oceans. The problem with plastic is that it does not decompose, every single piece of plastic ever created still exists in the world. In the sea these plastics breakdown in the sea and form microplastics.
Marine organisms will end up consuming it or become entangled, leading to death. Species of turtles and whales are facing extinction because of us. In the very near future there may be no more sea creatures left, simply due to the effects of plastic and we will lose a beautiful and essential part of our ecosystem.
HERE ARE SOME EASY PLASTIC SWAPS:
- Loose vegetables
- Bamboo toothbrushes – they are completely compostable
- Stainless steel water bottles – these are available everywhere now and keep drinks cold for 24hrs and hot drinks warm for 12hrs.
- Reusable coffee cups
- Stainless steel straws
- Reusable cotton pads – I love these bamboo ones from My Little Eco Shop
- Notebooks – my favourite are dingbats notebooks, all are vegan and sustainable
- Shampoo and conditioner bars
These are just a few swaps you can make to make a difference – if more people just do one plastic swap it will have a significant impact on our planet and we can see our oceans eradicate plastics for good. You do not have to go and do every single one of these steps to make an impact. Just one of these swaps will help reduce your plastic consumption by a considerable amount, more than you realise. The time is now to save our oceans or otherwise they will be past repair.