It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of #plastic debris in the #ocean . Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer #litter the deep #sea .
Shoppers worldwide are using approximately 500 billion single-use #plasticbags per year.
This translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on #earth .
If you joined them end on end they would circumnavigate the globe 4,200 times.
100,000 #marine creatures a year die from #plasticentanglement and these are the ones found.
Approximately 1 million #seabirds also die from plastic.
A plastic bag can kill numerous animals because they take so long to disintegrate. An animal that dies from the #bag will decompose and the bag will be released, another animal could harmlessly fall victim and once again eat the same bag.
The #1 man made thing that sailors see in our ocean are plastic bags.
There are believed to be 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean.
It can take anything between 20-1000 years for a plastic bag to break up. I mean break up as they break up into smaller pieces. They don’t break down and those that do, break down into polymers and #toxic chemicals.
It costs US$4,000 to recycle 1 tonne of plastic bags and you get a product that can be sold on the commodities market for US$32. We must stop them because #recycling is not viable.
It takes just 4 family #shopping trips to accumulate 60 #shoppingbags .
World wide, 13,000-15,000 pieces of plastic are dumped into the ocean every day.
Every year, 6.4 million tonnes are dumped into the ocean. This is the same as 3,200 kilometres of trucks each loaded with #garbage .
At least 2/3 of the world’s #fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.
#Oceanacidification is a growing problem
Scientists have identified 200 areas declared as ‘dead zones’ where no life organisms can now grow. #plastickills#turtle#whale#everypieceofplasticevermadestillexists#plasticbottle#plasticfree#savetheocean#sushi#straw#wildlife#reducereuserecycle#reuseable