Each day, we are reading more and more about this Plastic Epidemic and what it is doing to the world around us. We took some time to read up on a few statistics that we wanted to share with you all. If we could all change just 1 or 2 daily habits of ours to help clean up our oceans, we could help reverse some of the mind-blowing damage we have made to our planet and its animals. Simple things like, no straws, or one use water bottles, no glad wrap or plastic bags… these things that are in fact easy for us to remove from our daily lives could literally save thousands of marine animals and their homes.
- 100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found.
- Approximately 1 million sea birds 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.
- There are believed to be 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean.
- 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 two thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.
- If each Australian family used 1 less plastic bag each week that would be 253 million bags less a year.
- Less than 1% of plastic bags in Australia are reused.
We came across a team of pretty amazing humans trying to make a difference. They are called 4Ocean. They work tirelessly to pull plastic from the ocean. To help out, they are selling bracelets for $20 each and promise to pull a pound of plastic out of the ocean for every sale. Check them out at 4ocean.com, @4ocean.