Throughout our world’s oceans lurks a silent killer. The killer is plastic and it’s on a beach or floating in an ocean near you.
More than 268,940 tonnes of litter is estimated to be floating in the Earth’s oceans – that’s the incredible weight of over 1,300 Blue Whales! 80% of this plastic on our coast and in our waters, is being generated from land. Litter is often lost or blown from inland, comes through stormwater drains or thoughtlessly dropped.
Once plastic is in the ocean, marine animals are suffering from either becoming tangled up or eating it leading to suffocation and starvation. Plastic has a long legacy too, breaking down into smaller and smaller unidentifiable pieces and lasting thousands of years.
Already, incredible amounts of easily recyclable plastic bottles are instead washing out of stormwater drains, there is more plastic waste than plankton in the Pacific Ocean, and it’s estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world by 2050.
Plastic bags and micro-plastics are mistaken for jellyfish and fish eggs which are not a tasty diet for the animals that eat them. The UN writes, “As many as 51 trillion microplastic particles – 500 times more than stars in our galaxy – litter our seas, seriously threatening marine wildlife.”
Together, we can turn the tide on plastic pollution – there’s so many small behavioural changes that can make a huge difference for our oceans and the amazing life that calls them home.
10 Ways we can minimise use of Plastic:
UMAR|WSR and its employees are committed and dedicated to protecting the environment and to the prevention of pollution. In line with this strong commitment, UMAR|WSR has established and is implementing an Environmental Management System throughout the organization.