Tower of Trash
Did you know that the waste in our seas is now twice the size of France?
France is 598 miles long from North to South and it would take 9 hours and 12 minutes to drive the distance. Now, double that… and that’s how much waste is currently in our oceans.
Our planet has a population of over 7.5 billion people and as a result, we dump a massive 2.12 billion tonnes of waste per year. This is partly because 99% of the stuff we buy gets binned within 6 months of purchasing – this doesn't include food, human, electronic or medical waste.
Still struggling to comprehend just how obscene this amount of waste really is? If it continues at its current rate, in 10 years time there could be over 80 million tonnes of plastic floating in our seas – and that figure will continue to increase if no real action is taken soon. To put that into perspective, that’s almost 17 times bigger than the Empire State Building in New York City, which is 443 metres tall – big, right?
Here are a few ways you can help our oceans and reduce your own plastic waste footprint:
- Stop using plastic straws – They can easily get stuck in the mouths and noses of sea creatures and get mistaken for food
- Reuse your shopping bags – A simple way to cut plastic usage is to reuse your shopping bags
- Give up gum – Gum is made of a synthetic rubber aka plastic
- Purchase products in boxes, not plastic bottles – Cardboard decomposes so it is far better for our environment
- Eat fresh produce that doesn’t come in plastic cartons and boxes – This will work out better for you as you’ll be eating fresh produce and also saving the planet. A win, win situation!
Take a look at this graphic from Eco2Greetings that shows how much waste will end up in our oceans if no action is taken.