Every minute, in the oceans, plastic pollution impacts fishes, sharks, sea turtles, whales, coral reefs, and countless other habitats and marine species. In fact, scientists estimate that yearly,  8 million tons of trash ends in our oceans. Of this waste, much of it is not biodegradable.

What can we do about oceans plastic pollution?

Everyone can do something to reduce the amount of plastic that enters the ocean. Then, the future of plastics in our oceans will be determined by the way we handle waste on land. Here are 3 simple ways to make a great  difference:

 

  1. Recycle properlyRecycling helps keep plastics out of the ocean and reduces the amount of more waste in circulation. Every year, 8 million tons of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million tons that currently circulate our marine environments.
  2. Participate in a beach or river clean up: This is one of the most direct and rewarding ways to fight ocean  pollution. We can help removing plastics from the ocean and prevent them from getting there in the first place, so plastic in the ocean is a people problem, which means people like you can help solve it. You can simply go to the beach or river and collect waste on your own and thus raise others’ awareness.
  3. Reduce the use of single-use plastics: The best way to do this is refusing any single-use plastics that you do not need (e.g. plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded), and purchasing, and carrying with you, reusable versions of those products.

We can be part of the solution!

Support organizations addressing plastic pollution. There are many non-profit organizations working to reduce and eliminate ocean plastic pollution in a variety of different ways. Besides, these organizations rely on donations from people like you to continue their important work.

 

Daniela Parra 
Digital Content Analyst