P l a s t i c

In Our Marine Environment

The Environment

Animals!

The magazine

The amount of plastic in our marine environment in growing and becoming a bigger and bigger issue. This is a problem that is not going away. Soon we won't have a marine environment to look after. Do you care? If so these are some steps you could take. One of the best ways to reduce this is to stop using plastic. It’s as simple as that. If everyone was to cut down the amount of plastic that they use in their day to day life, it would help with this issue. We think that if businesses and companies where to change to biodegradable plastic to pack their products, it would reduce plastic world wide.

 

A good example of this is a machine in Germany in which you can drop off any plastic bottle which you are done with, the machine scans them and sends them back to the companies who made them. We think this is a good idea because it is not only a invention that insures you know where your plastic is going, but it is also inspiring businesses to stop using plastic in their packaging. Most companies won’t want to deal with the rubbish and waste that their products produce, thus meaning that they would want to change their packaging. If these machines were all around the world, companies are more likely to switch to biodegradable plastic as it is a hassle to recycle.   

The photos above show a turtle that as a baby got stuck in plastic, and as it grew older, it started to grow around the plastic, causing its shell to be misshapen. An organisation took the turtle to care for him but found that he had so many problems and can not be put back into the wild.  

Marine wildlife is suffering the most due to the plastic filling up the ocean. Turtles are mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish, seabirds are taking plastic back to their babies and fish thinking microplastic beads, causing them to think that they are full and starving themselves to death.

So spread the word, tell as many people as you can about this horrible problem. The more people that know, the better, because part of the problem is that hardly anybody knows about it! If we all work together, we may be able to fix the Marine Plastic Problem.

 

Spread the word!