Plastic pollution, its not affecting you directly is it. Well would you eat plastic?... no well 100% of marine life contain plastic microfibers its now entering our blood stream directly through our diet. My goal is to stop the distribution of plastics into the sea as we make headway in removing the plastics out of the sea. The risk to humans alone is enough to tress the important of this global issue without even talking about the aments amount of marine life dying in the meantime.

Wear dying, due to the plastic microfibers in the sea and making their way into out body's through the foods we eat, The average person eats 70,000 microplastics each year.  

That works out to about 100 bits of microplastic over the course of just one meal, according to a study published in Environmental Pollution. This is happening because. Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans. This is the state of our oceans now and in the next couple of years. In 1950, the world’s population of 2.5 billion produced 1.5 million tons of plastic; in 2016, a global population of more than 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic. This is set to double by 2034. No where’s safe from the plastic invasion Plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the world, from busy tourist beaches to uninhabited, tropical islands nowhere is safe. Blame your self's what have you been doing with your plastic bottles?... do you contribute to this? A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.  

A report by the Guardian found that 1 million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute, and this number is set to increase by another 20% by 2021 if we don’t act.  

The same report said more than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were purchased in 2016 across the world — up from 300 billion a decade ago.  

Additionally, less than half of the bottles purchased in 2016 were recycled — with just 7% of those collected turned into new bottles, and the rest ending up in landfill sites or the ocean. The affect its taking on our marine life  100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually. No sea life is safe Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined. What are the actions were taking to resolve this In some parts of the world, using plastic is already illegal.  

Kenya introduced one of the world’s toughest laws against plastic bags in 2017. Now, Kenyans who are caught producing, selling, or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000).  

Other countries that have banned, partially banned, or taxed single-use plastic bags include China, France, Rwanda, and Italy. What you can do to help Recycle. If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.

We need change because plastic pollution is “effecting us directly” and much more then we know its directly in our drinking water, you might think “plastic isn't that bad is it” and you'd be right it's not plastic can be so useful as long as the right grade of bio degradable plastic is used. But “how does it get into the sea” you might be asking there's a whole lot more to it but the direct answer I can give you,  is you the plastics you use find their way into rivers that lead straight out to the ocean let alone the amount that end up in land fill degrading into micro plastics contaminating our soils.

It doesn’t affect me directly though does it?  With 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption now containing plastic, the question is no longer are we eating plastic but how bad for us is that? In seawater plastic absorbs chemicals like PCB’s and DDT’s which have been linked to endocrine disruption and even some cancers, becoming more powerful as they work their way up the food chain. In one study, 95% of all adults tested in the US had known carcinogenic chemical bisphenol A in their urine. Plastic microfibers are even in the water you drink bottled and tap. 83% of samples of tap water tested in seven countries were found to contain plastic microfibers. more than 90% of bottled-water samples, which were from 11 different brands. And earlier this year the River Tame in Manchester was found to have 517,000 particles of plastic per cubic metre of sediment – that’s nearly double the highest concentration ever measured across the world.

Plastic isn’t all bad is it?  No, it can be incredibly useful. Diabetics use it for their disposable syringes; arthritic patients have it for their replaced hips; and construction workers wear it to protect their heads. Without it we wouldn’t have computers, mobile phones or cars. Essentially, it is vital. The big problem is single use plastics and the quantities in which they are used. A plastic bag for instance is used on average for 15 minutes, yet could take 100 – 300 years to fragment. Professor Ryan said to try and imagine what life would look like without plastic, you simply had to remove every item of clothing that was made from a polymer plastic case. "Every bit of your clothing would be gone," he said. 

"Even if it is made from cotton, it's made from a polymer and that polymer is called cellulose. Getting rid of plastics entirely is highly unlikely, but also unnecessary. What we need to do is learn to stop using bad plastics and start using good plastics instead. The situation is Every minute literally 1 ton of plastic makes its way into the ocean. We cant let this continue.

How does it get in the sea?  

Two-thirds of it comes straight from land-based sources: litter being left on the beach or washed down rivers and drains from litter being dropped in towns and cities. It comes from industry spills, badly managed landfill sites and bins near the coast or by being flushed down the loo. The remainder is lost at sea such as containers going overboard or lost fishing gear.  95% of plastic waste in the sea is coming from just 10 rivers. If we keep up this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. At this current moment There is a patch of plastic in the Pacific Ocean the size of Europe. There are even more garbage patches in the ocean.

Imagine a clean sea and a planet that’s not dying This could be our future—a future of clean cities, rivers and beaches but also simpler, more responsible choices for consumers. There are now too many humans and too much plastic on this pale blue dot to continue planning our industrial expansions on a quarterly basis. It’s time to stop blaming consumers for our plastic crisis and demand a better system.

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