Climate Change Isn’t the Only Enemy of the Oceans

Plastic- so convenient, so prevalent, so carelessly discarded.
While we use plastic containers, plastic bottles, disposable diapers, and plastic bags almost every day, should we?

Off the coast of Indonesia, there is an island formed by plastic. An island. Of plastic. It is not only unsightly, it is downright hazardous. The chemicals in plastic can leach out and contaminate the water, which eventually ends up in our bodies.

Plastic bags are mistaken for food by many marine animals, and cause blockage, which can lead to death. The plastic rings holding cans together pose a strangulation risk for many animals as well.
Some studies estimate that by the year 2050, the oceans will have more plastic than fish. This is a heartbreaking statistic.

Think twice before getting a plastic bag while grocery shopping; there are so many reusable bags that are both convenient and long-lasting, and can reduce the amount of plastic bags that end up in landfills and bodies of water. Your sea turtle friends will thank you in the long run!

 

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