Every year, billions of plastic waste ends up in our oceans. Instead of decomposing plastic breaks down into smaller partials known as “microplastics” polluting the water and killing marine life. Over 1 million seabirds die each year from ingesting plastic. Scientists at the the UGA New Materials Institute conducted a new study which discovered microplastics particles smaller than dust or powdered sugar inside baby sea turtles. Of the turtles studies in this research, 100% were found to have eaten plastic. According to statistics from the United Nations, if current levels of pollution continue, there will be more plastic than fish in the seas by 2050.
- Every single piece of plastic ever created still exists somewhere on this planet!
- Even if you try to recycle your plastic water bottles, only a fraction will be recycled. The vast majority end up clogging our landfills (which have finite space) littering the land, eventually making their way to the waterways and ocean.
- Once plastic water bottles are in the environment, they are a hazard to birds, marine wildlife and fish who become entangled or choked, or starved on a diet of plastic bottle tops and broken down plastic pieces.
- It takes 17 million barrels of oil to make one year's supply of bottled water.
- Time in the ocean breaks plastic down into tiny toxic particles known as a plastic smog. This smog attracts and absorbs other pollutants, and micro-plastic is mistaken for food by fish, where it enters our food chain.
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