The subject of
marine litter pollution repeatedly flickered through the media but so far we have not yet changed very much. Apparently there is still a need for information to change our behaviors. Per year about 6.5 million tons of trash flush into our oceans. 80 % of the
waste in the sea comes from activities on land and consists of plastic!
According to Algalita in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest and most investigated garbage patch of the world the ratio of plastic to zooplankton is 6:1, at concentrated places even 60:1, tendency rising!
Plastic is such a diverse
and frequently used material that it is difficult to handle it ! There is plastic that decays very
quickly and other that takes up to 400 years (some researchers even claim more than 1000 years!) !
So-called PBTs (persistent, bioaccumulated and toxic substances) are released from synthetic plastics and are stored, attached to decomposing plastic pieces in the ocean. The consequences for man and nature are unpredictable!
A fascinating fact :
It costs 4000 USD to recycle 1 ton of plastic bags.
The value of the products produced is 32 USD!
So, re-use instead of throw away !
- tire wear from vehicles and aireplanes
- Disposable behavior; Single use items
- Microplastics in cosmetics
- Syntetic fibers in clothes
- Littering mentality
- Resources are too cheap - no real costs
- Planned obsolesence
A really awesome Idea is preciousplastic.com.
Machines to process plastic , homemade, can be installed anywhere, easy and simply cool, check out their homepage!