Here are a few fast facts about plastic from Save My Oceans:
- 8% of the world’s oil is used for plastic production.
- Nurdles are small plastic pellets that are the base of plastic production and manufacturing. They are found in sandy beaches worldwide and threaten countless marine life that accidentally eat them.
- Approx. 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.
- Biodegradable bags prevent the deleterious effects of plastic on ocean environments. They break down naturally, and don’t leave harmful chemicals behind.
- The average American will throw away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
- 267 species around the world are harmed by plastic. 44% of seabirds, 43% of ocean mammals, and 86% of sea turtles ingest or become tangled in plastic.
- Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one liter bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.
From Save My Oceans, here are ten things you can do to save our oceans:
- See Oceans, Save Oceans.
- Leave only footprints in the sand.
- Reuse not refuse.
- Choose sustainable, healthy seafood.
- Garden your yard and clean your home with ocean-friendly products.
- Check beach conditions.
- Trash your butts.
- Be a responsible fisherman and boater.
- Scoop your dog’s poop.
- Be an oceans hero.