Ocean plastic is a real problem and this is how we deal with it
Even if you live hundreds of miles from the coast, the plastic you throw away could make its way into the sea. Once in the ocean, plastic decomposes very slowly, breaking down in to tiny pieces known as micro plastics that can be incredibly damaging to sea life. 80% of plastic in our oceans is from land sources – but what does that really mean? Where is it coming from?
How does plastic get into the ocean? The bottom line is us. Whether we mean to litter or not, there’s always a chance the plastic we throw away could make it into the sea, and from there who knows? Maybe as far as the Arctic.
Many of the products we use daily are flushed down toilets, including wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary products. Microfibres are even released into waterways when we wash our clothes in the washing machine. They are too small to be filtered out by waste water plants and end up being consumed by small marine species, eventually even ending up in our food chain.
A positive move in recent months was a ban on microbeads in rinse-off cosmetic and cleaning products introduced by the UK Government, so that these small plastic beads will no longer get washed down the sink and out into our oceans, but there are many more items that can also contribute to the problem.
Big changes start with small steps and we all have the power to make a difference. What will you do to start cutting the plastic in your life?
Here at ReSneak we reuse the plastic that we have gathered from the oceans.
30% of our soles are made from ocean plastic.