Plastic Polution

 

Plastic in the ocean is a huge environmental problem. It is estimate that 8-12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year - and 150 million metric tons are currently circulating our oceans.

To put this in perspective, a garbage truck full of plastic dumping plastic into the ocean every minute. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, by weight.

It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down and at least 10 to 20 years for a single-use plastic bag. Most of the plastic that breaks down never disappear entirely, but are becoming microplast.

Microplast will be spread and eating by marine animals, across food chains and ecosystem, even humans get microplast inside the body.

Plastic has been found in many sea turtle species. Plastic looks like food to the turtles. When the turtles eat plastic the digestive tracts can become blocked, that can lead to starvation and death.

Over 100 million marine animals die each year due to marine debris, and more than half of the sea turtles have ingested plastic.

There is a high concern over long-term survival for turtle species. Around half of all the turtles on the planet have ingested plastic. 6 of 7 turtle species are endangered.


It applies not only to plastic found in the water. Turtles are completely dependent on a clean beach, as many species lay their eggs here.

If a beach is filled with garbage and plastic, this creates great problems for the propagation of the turtles, so that new turtles can be born