Full scale of plastic in the world’s oceans revealed for first time
December 31, 2014
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Only 5% of the world’s plastics are being recycled.
by Oliver Milman, theGuardian
More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world’s oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found…
While spread out around the globe, much of this rubbish accumulates in five large ocean gyres, which are circular currents that churn up plastics in a set area. Each of the major oceans have plastic-filled gyres, including the well-known ‘great Pacific garbage patch’ that covers an area roughly equivalent to Texas…
But researchers predict the volume will increase due to rising production of throwaway plastic, with only 5% of the world’s plastic currently recycled…
…we need to get policy makers to understand the problem. Some are doing that – Germany has changed the policy so that manufacturers are responsible for the waste they produce. If we put more responsibility on to the producer then that would be part of the solution.”
Stop buying plastic disposables such as food storage bags, utensils, toys.
Wash and reuse any plastic that comes your way.
Use your own cloth bags when shopping.
Use non-disposable plates and utensils at community gatherings.
Can you suggest more?