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...

8 tips to reduce the amount of plastic you use at Christmas

Christmas is a time for family, friends, gifts and fun. But it is also a time when our use of plastic tends to get a bit out of control. Whether that’s through our choice...

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...

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...

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...

What are the best alternatives to plastic straws?

A whopping 500,000,000 (500 million) straws are used each day in the United States. That’s enough to fill more than 46,000 school buses, every year. Many of these straws end up in our rivers and our...

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...

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...

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