Plastic Filled Oceans // What To Do

Did you know that in 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish? Yeah, our plastic problem is that big. It is kind of incredible how we have only explored less than 5 % of the oceans on the planet yet we are able to completely destroy them, the animals and the ecosystems. Every year tons and tons of plastic end up in oceans and it will never go away. Once plastic is made it will always be here floating around. It is indestructible, instead of breaking down like biodegradable materials it breaks down into smaller pieces, called micro plastics, which are toxic, they are also called poison pills and ingested by the sea life making them suffer horrible deaths.  

Facts about plastic in the oceans from the documentary 'Our Plastic Oceans' 

- In the last 10 years we have made more plastic than we did in the century before that.

- Plastic is dumped into our oceans making sea life die. A whale had six square meters of plastic inside. It couldn't eat or swim because of the plastic. It died of malnourishment because of the blocked digestive system. This whale is just one animal out of millions that has suffered a painful death because of plastic.

- US alone throws away 38 billion plastic water bottles every year which means two million tons of plastic goes to landfills, some ending up in oceans and that is only bottles where 90% of them were only used once.

- Every person will use and dispose about 136 kilo single use plastic yearly.

- Almost every single piece of plastic ever made is still on the planet in one form or another.

- About 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year.

- 5 trillion pieces of plastic are floating around in the ocean worldwide.

- In some places there are more plastic than there are plankton.

- That plastic is being eaten by sea life killing the life under water. You eat seafood = you eat plastic, you eat plastic = you eat toxins. 

- Plastic does not degrade. It does not break down, it breaks up into smaller toxic pieces, called micro plastic, eaten by sea life.

- North Atlantic has 3440 metric tons of just micro plastic, larger pieces not included.

- In Europe alone there are 15 million  tons of plastic going into landfills every year, a large portion of it ending up in oceans. 

Source: Instagram

What can we do?
Even though the oceans basically are poisoned liquid, there are things we can do to at least stop the situation from getting any worse and maybe even help the oceans get rid of the already existing plastic. First off; stop using plastic. If that is not something that is possible to completely do -which it isn't for a lot of people - look at the areas in your life where you CAN minimize your plastic use. There are tons of small ways you can minimize your use of plastic that helps in a much larger way and here are just a few:

- Switch from plastic bags to tote bags.
- Switch from plastic toothbrushes to bamboo toothbrushes* (get 15% off with code soluunaxOB15).
- Switch from plastic straws to bamboo straws.
- Switch from plastic pads/tampons to menstrual cups /reusable pads or thinx underwear (post about
natural period products coming soon).
- Ditch anything with glitter, it is literally just small pieces of plastic.
- Ditch nail polish - nothing put toxic.
- Buy and reuse glass containers for storage.
- Minimize your purchases with plastic packaging. 

What about the plastic already in the oceans killing the sealife and the eco system?

Another way you can support the oceans and the planet is to buy a bracelet from 4ocean. For each bracelet sold they pull one pound of plastic from the ocean. All the bracelets are made from recycled materials and the different colored bracelets supports a certain sea creature which I think is pretty cool. You can find all of their bracelets right here. These bracelets are great gifts and definitely going on my wish list! 

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you will #rethinkplastic. If you have any questions or other ideas to minimize plastic please leave them below. 

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