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Impact of plastic in our oceans

This year has been a real eye-opener - the scale at which plastic in oceans is spreading is alarming. Every year, nearly 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean, the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic every minute.

Impact of plastic in our oceans
Some plastic is toxic and it can disrupt hormones crucial for a healthy existence. Even when it is not dangerous itself – or not known to be – plastic acts like a magnet for a range of other poisons and pollutants we have spilled into the natural world.

To sea turtles, plastic bags in the water can look like jellyfish, floating on the surface plastic can appear to be a tasty snack for a seagull, and to baby perch it appears more appetising than the plankton they are supposed to eat.

Over 90 million tonnes of fish were caught in 2015, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation. Poisoning our seas reduces the fish population and in turn this is poisoning the current fish stocks .

Given plastic degrades to pieces small enough to pass through the stomach into the flesh of fish and other animals, we are already eating some of the plastic we have thrown into the sea.
Packaging in the ocean
Besides all these terrible news, this does not mean that nothing can be done. We have some useful tips for you to reduce your plastic consumption:
10 ways to unpackage your life

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