Plastic pollution involves the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, or humans.
The most effective way to stop plastic pollution in our oceans is to make sure it never reaches the water in the first place. We all need to do our fair share to stop plastic pollution: individuals need to recycle,recover, reduce & reuse and never litter, but producers of single use plastic packaging need to do more too. We need producers to design packaging so that it is fully recyclable, and so there is less waste. We also need producers to help cover the costs of keeping their products out of the ocean.
Wouldn’t it be great if we never saw any rubbish on our beaches?
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Picking up other people’s rubbish, is an easy way to help reduce pollution on our beaches and in the ocean. Some people pick up beach rubbish in groups – this is called a beach clean-up. Beach clean-ups are doing great things to reduce marine pollution. There are many ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Marine pollution threatens the health of our coasts and ocean and it comes in many different forms. LET’S ACT!
Ocean clean-ups include activities aimed at removing marine litter (marine debris) and collection of valuable information on the amounts and types of litter in beaches and dive sites. The garbage is removed for a more responsible and healthier disposal and, where possible, recycling or reuse of the material retrieved is encouraged.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover.
Around 70 % of marine litter originates on land, and most of that is plastic. Plastic that pollutes our oceans and waterways has severe impacts on our environment and our economy. Seabirds, whales, sea turtles and other marine life are eating marine plastic pollution and dying from choking, intestinal blockage and starvation.