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...

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...

10 hard-to-swallow facts about plastic bag pollution

They are so ubiquitous in South Africa, people have joked they are the new national flower. In Ireland, when they flap in the wind, stuck on a tree, they are known as 'witches knickers'....

10 interesting facts about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic Island, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Trash Island: whatever you call it, this massive accumulation of plastic debris located between Hawaii and California is growing bigger day-by-day. But what is it made from? Where...

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...

10 easy ways to reduce the amount of plastic in your life

Let’s face it: it’s almost impossible to avoid plastic completely. It’s literally everywhere. Looking around the room I’m currently in, I see that my mouse and keyboard are made of plastic, as are my...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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