Plastic is easy to make but cannot be broken down or non-bio-degradable. It may break down to smaller pieces but never all the way. We only use the plastic stuff usually once then we throw it away to sit in a landfill or be thrown in the oceans.
We make so many plastic bags there are one hundred plastic bags per foot of coastline in the world. We put eight million metric tons of plastic in the ocean each year and rising. That is five grocery bags full of plastic per foot of coastline in the world. We also put tires, light bulbs, and storage containers in the oceans. We produce three hundred million tons of plastic each year. Fifty percent of the plastic is use once and thrown away.
The average working life of a plastic bag if twenty minutes. Two-hundred-sixty-seven species have suffered from entanglement and ingestion of plastic, because they mistake it for their prey. One-hundred-thousand mammal’s die of debris each year and if you count birds and fish, it is over nine-million. Plastic has harmful chemicals and toxins in it that can have bad side effects. When we throw plastic into the ocean, it releases toxins while it tries to break down. The toxins are highly unhealthily it can make you sick and mess with your lungs.
The ocean animals mistake the different colors of plastic for their food. (“Shame and anger” at the “plague of plastic” impacting the natural world). Albatrosses are especially effected by the plastic in the ocean, because when they nest on barren islands of South Georgia. They have to fly out to sea to get food for their babies and instead of fish and squid; they bring plastic to their babies instead.
(If a human had ingested the equivalent plastic volume as the average fulmar does (L), it would fill a lunchbox (R). Marine life is facing “irreparable damage” from the millions of tons of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned. (Quinn)The Styrofoam cups we make don’t break down till fifty years have passed. Aluminum cans take two-hundred years to break down and are recycling. Both the nappy and the plastic water bottles take four-hundred years to break down. Fishing line takes a whooping six-hundred years to break down .
One- million plastic water bottles are bought each minute and twenty-thousand each per second. When you leave a water bottle in your car and in the hot sun the chemicals leech out of the plastic and go into the water. According to some sources there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.