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Plastic problem is seriously bigger than what we think !

Plastic problem is seriously bigger than what we think !

How much plastic do you use in one day? Plastic is pervasive in our society, and it’s estimated that humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of the stuff since 1950.

Plastic has become ubiquitous because it’s durable, cheap to produce, and easy to shape into whatever form we need. But what if I told you that all this convenience comes at a steep cost? Plastic is killing our ocean and the problem with plastic isn’t just about aesthetics.

There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste estimated to be in our oceans which equals 250,000 tons. About 80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from land-based sources and 20%, approximately, from ships at sea.

Plastic is a major pollutant because it can harm marine life by entangling them or blocking their digestive tracts when they mistake it for food. Plastic is NOT biodegradable and eventually break down into microplastics that have been found in ocean fishes.

When we eat fish and other seafood, we're also very likely eating microplastics since they absorb chemicals in the water and accumulate toxins like mercury over time — some studies have found that these microscopic bits of plastic can contain up to 750 times more pollutants than surrounding waters, and it has been linked to problems such as cancer along with other diseases that affect humans too.

That leads us to the next question: What can we do to stop ocean plastics?

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