After watching A Plastic Ocean today, I made a commitment to stop using plastic water bottles & grocery bags immediately while making a promise of finding other ways to exclude plastic products from my life as well. If your unsure of why you should make the switch and need that one reason to push you over to the green side, this movie will do the trick.
A Plastic Ocean is an eye opening documentary that can be found on your household Netflix account & is an overwhelming first hand look at how plastic pollution in our ocean is affecting the health of our ecosystem. It’s 102 minutes of watching director & journalist Craig Leeson travel the ocean to examine the effects of pollution with the experts themselves.
** hint hint** plastic water bottles and bags are a huge part of it.
In just the first 16 minutes of watching the film, 19 million pounds of plastic was produced around the world. 16 minutes = 19 million pounds. It’s hard to imagine that much plastic in one place. What is harder to imagine is that more plastic has been produced in the last 10 years than the century prior to that. That means all of us are the cause of those results.
Everyday products like plastic waster bottles and micro-beads that are found in facial scrubs, toothpaste, & cosmetics are polluting our oceans. We buy these products from box stores like Walmart, Target, Costco, and Sams Club because it’s what is the cheapest & most available. We buy products wrapped & packaged in plastic, then proceed to carry them home in plastic bags, which ends up being thrown away once the product has been consumed or used. The majority of this plastic is improperly discarded, as only 1/5th of the plastic we use globally today is recycled according to the a National Geographic, who shared these infoGraphics below:
It is a common and deadly misconception that all of our plastic just disappears when the garbage man hauls it off, like it is never to be seen again. What we don’t realize is that, in some places that we explore in the film, the plastic bottles & particles of broken apart plastic were found almost 5,249 feet down into ocean on its floor where plastic doesn’t belong, affecting those who live and eat there. That’s a long way down.
Plastic Facts from A Plastic Ocean
5 trillion pieces of plastic are in our oceans
80% of the ocean plastic is generated from onshore sources
300 pounds of plastic waste per person is from single use products
300 million tons of plastic would be produced in the next year at the time the film was made
Plastic doesn’t degrade, only breaks up into smaller pieces over time
How Sea-Life is being affected
When plastic ends up in the ocean, the pieces will eventually break up due to the motion from the waves, ultra violet radiation from the sun, and salt. These plastic particles called Micro-plastics absorb chemicals from the ocean, making them toxic.
These toxic Micro-plastics are accidentally consumed by creatures such as Whales, Fish, and Seabirds as they feed on other ocean life like krill and smaller fish. Eventually, the animal dies from the plastic built up in the stomach or from the toxins living in the plastic itself.
Fish is a large part of the human diet. Some of our favorite seafood dishes include the fish that are consuming these toxic particles that we put into the ocean, When we are throwing our plastic away, its ending up in the ocean, being consumed by fish, which are being caught, then being sold to eventually end up on our plates.
What we can do starting today
Conscious Crates Co. was specifically designed to teach people how to transition into a more eco friendly lifestyle. A Plastic Ocean gave us a reason to give you as to why you should.
We know that an eco lifestyle is possible and there are simple and small steps we can take to do this ourselves without breaking the bank. That’s why
Use a non plastic reusable water bottle
Recycle the plastic water bottles you do use
Use a non plastic reusable coffee/tea mug when going to your local coffee shop
Use biodegradable plates, beverage, and eating utensils
Use reusable produce and shopping bags
Use reusable snack and lunch bag
Tell your state representative that you demand action on plastic pollution
It’s easy to do the wrong thing and continue our plastic life as we do today. It’s cheap & affordable now, but the cost of our future is priceless. The less our friends & family know about the crisis will elongate the issue.
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