Plastic in the world’s oceans is a major threat. It threatens the marine environment in many ways, and it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than there will be fish.
Many studies have shown that many of the particles that come from plastic are found in our drinking water, for example. Something we as humans use every day. Ocean Waste Plastic therefore has a direct impact on what we as individuals fill our bodies with on a daily basis.
However, plastic waste is not just something that pollutes our drinking water. No, it also affects the many lives found in the world’s oceans. Fish, shellfish and even the larger mammals that inhabit the oceans and coasts are greatly affected by the large amount of plastic. Ocean Waste Plastic is therefore very harmful to the many animals that live in and around the sea. What happens most often is that the animals mistake the plastic for food and either choke or fill up their stomachs with plastic.
Research shows that the many micro-particles from plastic find their way into the stomachs of even the smallest animals. This affects the health of the animals, but it also means the plastic affects the whole food chain and in turn ultimately us humans. Because when we eat fish or shellfish, they will often be full of plastic particles.
According to a calculation made by the University of Georgia in 2015, it was documented that around 8-10 million tonnes of waste are discharged into the world’s oceans. Before and since then, there has been a huge focus on collecting the plastic that floats around in the oceans and pollutes.
In 2021, the Dutch concept “The Ocean Cleanup” has helped to collect in the first quarter of 2021 alone up to 464,920 kg of waste from the oceans and this progress is therefore very positive.