The Global Plastic Crisis Plastic waste is a bigger problem than most people think and plastic production has increased twenty-fold over the last 50 years. In fact, many who try to help clean up, remove, or dispose of plastic waste they consume or collect are only moving the plastic into a landfill. Well, that’s a big problem because plastics are filling landfills at an alarming rate. This is one reason why Ocean Blue Project and That Oregon Life do not use plastic bags to collect plastic waste. It’s not rocket science if you think about it for more than a second, collecting plastic waste in a plastic bag that gets tossed into a landfill is actually counter productive. Think about it and help us solve Oregon’s plastic problem.
How many animals have died from ocean pollution?
In 1975, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that ocean-based sources, such as cargo ships and cruise liners had dumped 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.
Why Pollution is bad for the ocean?
One of the biggest sources is called nonpoint source pollution, which occurs as a result of runoff. ... Nonpoint source pollution can make river and ocean water unsafe for humans and wildlife. In some areas, this pollution is so bad that it causes beaches to be closed after rainstorms.
How does pollution affect the ocean?
Over the last few decades, surplus human activities have severely affected the marine life on the Earth's oceans. Ocean pollution, also known as marine pollution, is the spreading of harmful substances such as oil, plastic, industrial and agricultural waste and chemical particles into the ocean.
How much garbage is thrown into the ocean every year?
Americans generate 10.5 million tons of PLASTIC waste a year but recycle only 1 or 2 % of it. An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash-most of it plastic -is dumped in the world's oceans every year.
How can we stop pollution in the ocean?
Try to avoid products with excessive packaging and bring a reusable bag to the grocery store. When you purchase or find a plastic six-pack holder, be sure to cut each and properly dispose of it. In the ocean, these rings expand and can ensnare or choke wildlife. Talk trash to your friends and family!
Ocean Plastic Facts
More Plastic in the Ocean Than FishThe plastic problem is so bad, we are on the verge of a global crisis! According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), there could be more plastics is the ocean than fish by 2050 (by weight).
Beach Pollution Facts
Chart showing ration of plastics to fish in the ocean
Oil & Carbon Impact not only is global plastic consumption climbing exponentially, but the oil consumed to make plastics is projected to jump from 6% to 20% of all oil consumed across the world, and the carbon footprint of plastic production is on track to grow from 1% in 2014 to 15% by 2050. This is unacceptable and we cannot sustain these levels. If global changes are not made soon, there will be nothing left to protect and we will be swimming with plastic, not fish.
Beach Pollution Facts
America & Europe are the #1 Plastic Consumers this is not something we can blame on someone other than ourselves. We are the ones purchasing all of this plastic and we are the ones that need to make a change. Even writing this article makes me sick to think about how much plastic I personally consume and how much many items I have purchased with plastic packaging that goes straight in the trash, just like the all the other 95% seen in this infographic. It’s hard not to sometimes, especially with busy lives, but there is really no excuse and we all need to make some serious plastic consumption changes in our lives immediately. For example, one of the difficult life changes I’ve recently made is to stop using soap with microbeads. I love them but they are destroying our water systems. In fact, other leading companies in the industry, such as L’Oreal, are taking great strides to make a change by committing to phase out microbeads from their products by 2017 (still waiting to see if they will follow through). by Alex Lockwood