Plastic are found in many of the items that we use on a daily basis. Despite the benefits that make it popular, the overuse of plastic is taking a heavy toll on the environment, particularly the ocean.
For many years, we would think nothing of throwing away a plastic bottle, and many people still routinely toss away plastic goods such as straws, utensils, or bags without considering what happens to them. Many of these items make their way into rivers and eventually the ocean, where they leach chemicals into the water that harm both human and animal health. For instance, fish are exposed to these toxins and ingest them, and then people who eat the fish are also exposed to these chemicals. Over time, this can cause problems such as birth defects or cancer.
Plastics such as bottles, netting and straps, soda rings, and pellets further threaten wildlife in a number of ways. Seabirds, for example, often consume plastic, which they may inadvertently feed to their young, harming or killing them in the process. Sea turtles and other marine life also frequently become trapped and tangled in plastic debris, which can cause suffocation, starvation, lacerations, and death. (Credit O.Berk)
To Find Out More, Go to: Oberk Guide To Marine Plastic Pollution