Is plastic harmful to humans?

Recent news reports have put the issue of microplastics and their effects on the human body squarely in the limelight. From seafood to bottled water and tap water, alarming new studies are showing that...

What are the problems with biodegradable plastic?

The dictionary definition of 'biodegradable' is "capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms". Plastic, being a man-made material, is not biodegradable. Bacteria that will happily munch through food, paper or wood, will...

How does plastic end up in the ocean?

Here’s a scary statistic for you: if current trends continue, by 2050, plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish. In fact, there’s so much plastic in our oceans, there exists an area of the Pacific...

Hidden plastics: 10 common items that surprisingly contain plastic

In the modern world, plastic is everywhere. Durable, lightweight and cheap to manufacture, plastic has become the go-to material for single-use items. And while some products are unmistakably made of plastic, in others the...

How long do cigarettes take to decompose?

The short answer The truth is, nobody knows for sure how long cigarette butts will take to decompose. Because they contain plastic, they will not biodegrade in the same way as organic material. Instead, they...

How does plastic affect marine life?

Our oceans are awash with plastic. In a recent study, it was estimated there are between fifteen and fifty-one trillion individual pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans. That’s more pieces of plastic than...

10 shocking facts about plastic water bottles

Plastic water bottles are incredibly pervasive in modern society, and for a while were even regarded as a fashion accessory. The world is starting to wake up to their dangers, but they are still...

25 inspiring quotes about the ocean

"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came." John F. Kennedy   "Why is...

3 incredible scientific solutions to plastic pollution

In September 1987, countries from around the world came together to sign the Montreal Protocol. The goal of the protocol was to reduce the damage being done to the Earth's ozone layer, which at...

What is ghost gear and why is it so harmful to marine life?

Ghost gear is the name given to lost or discarded fishing gear. It is responsible for killing thousands of marine animals every year. Due to most fishing fear being made from plastic, ghost gear can...

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