OCEAN WASTE PLASTIC
Why we need to recycle plastic collected from the oceans
There are many activities that are threatening the health of the oceans, and most of them are human created. More than 80 percent of marine pollution comes from land-based activities such as plastic pollution to overfishing,
global warming causing alterations in the entire marine ecosystems and rise in sea levels.
You probably already know facts like more than 8 million tons of plastic are entering our oceans every year and there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by weight by 2050. Billions of plastic items are created and only used once every single day, and less than 10% of this plastic is being recycled. This means that the majority of all the plastic created still exists and in the end flows into our waste systems and ends up in the oceans.
You will find plastic everywhere
Once we discard a piece of plastic and it somehow ends up in the nature, it is difficult to recover. Over time will the plastic degrade into smaller pieces of plastic and in the end become almost impossible to clean up. Microplastics have been found all over the world and in the most unlikely places like the Arctic sea to the bottom of the deepest point in the Pacific Ocean.
We may not see and feel it, but plastic is everywhere. There is plastic in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. It is still uncertain how digesting micro plastic will affect the human body and health, but it is known that humans are eating these tiny plastic particles, and fish are not the only source. Everything from bottled water, beer, honey, sea salt and tea bags have all been exposed to carry micro plastic. This is just to mention a few of our daily food sources.1
The problem with virgin plastic
We acknowledge that plastic pollution in our oceans is not the only source and threat to the survival of the oceans. E.g. overfishing has eliminated the oceans of 90% of big fish, putting the entire ecosystem at risk, and climate change is a vital factor in rising water temperature killing corals, phytoplankton and other fundamental marine species.2
What is important to recognize is that you can link plastic pollution to all of the above threats. Did you e.g. know that the plastic industry takes up roughly 8% of oil production? According to scientists will this number rise to 20% by 2050.3 Imagine what that will do to the increase in carbon emission.
If we can confront the increase in carbon emission, the oceans will benefit from that and fish stocks can recover. But plastic will never disappear if we do not remove it from where it does not belong, the oceans. One of the solutions is to collect the plastic that is already present in our oceans and recycle it into new products.
We can solve the problem together
The fashion industry, food industry, beauty products and all product packaging and plastic wrapped merchandises need to rethink how we use and recycle the plastic that is already available. Creating an effective after-use plastic economy is important. Not only will our oceans benefit, but we will also capture more material value and increase resource productivity.
It is up to us to help our planet and oceans to recover. If you want to know more about how you can easily help clean our oceans from plastic and at the same time add more value to your products and brand, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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