Plastic in The Ocean: What Can We Do
The consumption of plastic has skyrocketed, causing millions of tons of plastic to enter the ocean. The ineffective waste recycling and management system have pushed approximately eight million metric tons of plastic waste into the ocean, which will be doubled in the coming years. The plastic in the ocean is not only damaging sea life but also hurting human health and causing climate issues. Trucks of plastic wastes ending up in the ocean are enough to cover the coastlines impacting numerous aquatic species.
By 2025, it is anticipated that the amount of plastic thrown into the ocean will double. So, what can we do to prevent plastic from ending up in the ocean? How can we solve the ocean plastic problems? How can we help? Following are a few steps to prevent plastic pollution.
Over a hundred million sea habitats have been killed by plastic thrown into the ocean. Our planet cannot bear the direction of plastic disposal into the sea as it is contaminating sea life and human health. We should reduce our dependence on plastic by putting an end to the consumption of plastic products. Rather than using plastic bags, cups, straws, dishes, and plastic packaging, we can use stainless steel, glass, wood, or paper products. Most organizations are striving to reduce plastic consumption up to an extent, and we should also play our part by reducing our dependence on plastic products.
Another way of discouraging the culture of plastic thrown away is by physically contributing to ocean cleanups. Take the initiative and try to clean the side paths of the sea by yourself. Whether you are going to the ocean for a picnic with your family or enjoying a safe and healthy life, do not throw food waste or any other garbage on the shoreline as it will make its way into the sea. Strictly avoid using plastic utensils and carry your own containers.
The single-use plastics excessively contribute to plastic pollution as they are meant to be used once then disposed of. They release noxious chemicals that extremely pollute the environment, thus impacting the habitat negatively. Recycling single-use plastics properly can reduce the quantity of plastic thrown into the sea. Only 9% of plastic is being recycled on the international level currently. The only way to limit your footprint on plastic consumption is to limit the use of single-use plastics and go for reusable products.
Contributing to conserving campaigns and supporting organizations addressing ocean pollution is another thing we can do to eliminate plastic pollution. Numerous organizations such as the Oceanic Society, Plastic Soup Foundation, Plastic Pollution Coalition, and many others are taking donations to support their ocean conservation campaigns. You can work with them and donate the funds because sometimes, a small donation can make a huge impact. Your donations and support can motivate them to control the developing issues of plastic pollution.