Don’t Throw it ‘Away’
Recently at Soneva Jani, we have been making a big push to educate people about the impacts of plastic in our ocean.
Many people do not give a second thought when they throw their waste ‘away,’ but they often do not realise where ‘away’ is. More often than not, ‘away’ ends up being the ocean. A plastic bottle thrown onto the street in the middle of a city will end up in the ocean when it is blown into a nearby river or beach.
“By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans”.
FurtheRmore, it is an incredibly challenging task to measure how much plastic actually does exist in the ocean, because it often ends up in such far flung places and the deepest depths of the ocean. Another big issue is that plastic will breakdown over time into microplastic. This plastic is often too small to see by the human eye, but is being ingested by plankton, which are eaten by fish, and ultimately will end up inside our own bodies when we eat seafood.
Here are just a few more of the impacts that plastic has in our oceans and on our own lives:
- Plastic items are often misidentified by marine animals as food. When they eat this they may suffocate, or the plastic will get stuck in their stomach causing them to be positively buoyant and preventing them from ingesting more food.
- Plastic contains toxic chemicals which are harmful and will bio-accumulate to dangerous concentrations – this means that when we are eating seafood we are also ingesting these harmful toxins
- Marine animals can get stuck inside of plastic – for example seals often get their heads stuck inside the rings from drink cans
- Plastic fibres are now being detected in our drinking water; on average 83% of samples from a global studies were contaminated
Wherever you are in the world, plastic now will end up being washed up on your beaches. Here are Soneva Jani we organise regular beach cleans with our hosts to raise awareness and remove this plastic to make sure it is not posing a threat to our marine life anymore. Other things you can do are to reduce the amount of plastic you consume, ensure that it is being disposed of correctly by recycling and get involved in these kind of activities wherever you are!
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