Yes, I did make the title rhyme on purpose.
Plastic waste is getting a lot of attention at the moment, because us humans are making so goddarn much of it. It’s clogging up rivers and oceans, it’s killing sealife and it’s just generally ruining a whole bunch of things at an alarming rate. Like, the planet we live on. Which is kind of a big deal.
A Few facts on ocean plastic:
- There is an island made of trash twice the size of Texas floating on the Pacific Ocean; the North Pacific Gyre. There, the number of floating plastic pieces outnumbers total marine life in the immediate vicinity six to one.
- 300,000 dolphins and porpoises die each year as a result of becoming entangled in discarded plastic fishing nets and other ocean waste, and more than 1,000,000 seabirds die consuming plastic items like bottle caps, straws and carrier bags.
- Half of the 300 million tons of plastic produced each year is used only once.
If you haven’t yet watched Drowning In Plastic and want some quick facts to digest, this neat infographic from Kwiksweep is a good place to start – have a scroll down, and if you’d like some inspiration for ways you can reduce your own plastic waste, check out the linked posts at the end from myself and from Phoebe of Yes I Have A Blog.
If you’re keen to cut down the amount of plastic waste you produce but you aren’t really sure where to start, check out the posts below!