Monthly Archives: May 2021

  1. Fish Out of Water - The Effects of Universal Plastic Consumption

    Imagine swimming in the ocean on a bright summer day. Maybe you’re on vacation, or possibly you live by the ocean. Either way, you're treading the water, enjoying the refreshing feel of the water and the cool breeze as you come up for air. Then, out of nowhere, your leg gets stuck in a plastic net. You reach down to free yourself, but it's impossible to get free. You scream for help, but no one is near you, and you wave your arms to keep yourself afloat, but you can’t paddle forever. You die, minutes later, all from a plastic net stuck in the ocean floor. Thousands of sea animals have faced this same death, and unless we do something to prevent it, thousands more will die this same fate. Consuming human waste and getting caught in plastic happen to sea animals every day, and one way to combat the ever growing concern over waste in the sea is to turn our attention to big corporations.

    In 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency calculated that 35.7 million ton

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  2. How Do We Reduce Packaging Waste in the World’s Oceans?

    Packaging waste in the world’s oceans?

    Did you know that the ocean covers more than seventy percent of the Earth’s surface? In 2020 there was seventy-nine percent of plastic waste in the ocean and landfill, while only nine percent was recycled and twelve percent incinerated (Dorey, 2020). There are about 150 million tons of plastic in the ocean (Dorey, 2020). At least 269,000 of plastic waste floats on top of the ocean's surface which causes harm to sea animals (Dorey). Each year there are approximately 100 million marine animals that die from eating or getting stuck in plastic waste (Dorey, 2020).

    How Long Does it Take For Plastic to Decompose

    Instead of people putting their waste in trash cans, many think it's okay to throw it on the road, in oceans, rivers, etc but in reality, they are hurting our Earth more. It takes aluminum cans about 200 years, and plastic bottles about 450 years, to decompose in the ocean (Whiting, 2018). Different typ
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