Plastic waste and pollution that seeps into our oceans affects every creature that lives within the waters...and it won’t be long until it’s us too. Fish and seafood are an important food source for human beings and animals, but as our oceans fill up with rubbish, we’re all too close to losing it.
Waste by the billion
Estimates reveal that 13 billion tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. And, it’s not just the volume of waste that’s a worry; it’s the contents too. Plastic waste releases pathogens into our seas, effectively poisoning sea life, plants, and fish. And, while we’re looking at that terrifying statistic: fish, birds, and other creatures who live or survive thanks to the ocean, are eating plastic. If our source of food is eating plastic, then we are too, when they end up on our plate. As it stands right now, research reveals that our oceans will have more plastic in them than fish, by the year 2050.
2050 is not so far away, so what can your family do right now, to help our oceans? We’ve made this short list of suggestions:
- Ban or cut back on your use of single use plastics in your home. That means no straws, no plastic shopping bags, and ditch the cling wrap too.
- Start recycling as much as you can. And, consider ways you can repurpose waste paper, and similar objects. Get creative!
- Participate in community clean ups. You might not live near the ocean, but you certainly can help keep it clean! Picking up litter and making sure it is properly discarded of, goes a long way towards keeping rubbish out of our oceans, no matter where you live.
- Cut back on eating seafood. Some scientists now recommend cutting back on your seafood and fish consumption, due to the build up of plastic waste and a decline in fish numbers. We recommend ensuring that, if you’re going to eat fish or seafood, you check first with the WWF’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (WWF SASSI). Their green-listed table of alternatives can be useful while you’re shopping, or out for a meal.
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