According to recent estimations, approximately 91% of the plastic that is created for consumer use is not being recycled. Researchers who study the plastic pollution problem, say that it’s very serious as the quantity of plastic in the environment is terrifying.
Caroline Power took photographs depicting a vast sea of polystyrene foam and plastic in the Caribbean. They are a powerful reminder that the destruction of our environment should stop at once.
Jenna Jambeck, an associate professor at the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering, is recognized for her research on plastic waste in oceans. She reported that everyone is aware that there’s been a rapid growth in production of plastic since the 1950s, but quantifying the number for the whole plastic production is quite shocking.
As Jambeck said for National Geographic, any system not ready for this amount of plastic waste would collapse. Many of us have had hard time to create a concept about the amount of plastic waste in the oceans and Caroline Power’s point is exactly that, people should see that they are responsible and start finding solutions to the problem. Posting the photos on her Facebook profile, Caroline wrote that people should think about their everyday lives. How is their food served, is it wrapped in plastic with a plastic fork, is it put in a paper or a plastic bag, do people still use plastic bottles or plastic bags for garbage. She recommends people to try and keep their trash for a week and to separate the garbage as organic or recyclable. She says people will be amazed and at the same time find it disgusting how many single use items there are.
It is sad however, that visual proof can be found everywhere, but people react to it less and less.
According to a research made at the University of Florida, the plastic from our clothes, clogs our water canals as well.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) funded a group of scientists who were working on a study for two years to find where microplastic pollution near the Gulf of Mexico comes from. The group discovered that almost 80% of the microplastics found there, come from fibers in synthetic clothes.
Each time people wash their clothes made of synthetic materials they shed micro plastic fibers into water canals which get find their way into the ocean.
The micro fibers made of plastic are so tiny that they can’t be filtered by fish or water plants and further researches have shown that they are the main culprits for 85% of coastline pollution in the world.
In a nutshell, plastic pollution isn’t our shampoo or water bottle, or the plastic bags we wrap our food in, it’s the clothes we wear too.
So besides trying to reduce the use of plastic bags and cups, you should also think of using specialized guppy washing bags for your clothes (these are able to catch approximately 90% of the micro plastic fibers), or choose to buy clothes made of eco friendly materials.
All the studies and researches, including Caroline Power’s photos have the same message – plastic pollution should stop, but it won’t unless some immense change takes place.
Source > themindunleashed.com