- At least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. That’s similar to emptying a garbage truck of plastic into an ocean every minute.
- For wildlife such as fish, dolphins, seabirds and seals plastic pollution can be deadly as they become entangled or mistake it for food.
- Cigarette butts, plastic bags, fishing gear, and food and beverage containers are the most common forms of plastic pollution found in the oceans.
- Less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled globally.
Last summer we visited one of the most beautiful beaches of Sicily. The sea was clear blue with fine white sand on the shore. But what struck us as well, was the big amounts of garbage- mostly left by beach-goers. Plastic bottles, soda cans, and baby wipes. It started a new hobby of ours, that we have continued whenever we visit a beach.
I used to collect seashells as a child and this is not very different. It becomes a quest to find the biggest/weirdest piece of garbage. We usually fill one bag to its fullest capacity as we go. It may not be much, but it is makes us conscious of the problem and at least feels like a tiny thing we can easily contribute.
And sometimes you actually do find real treasure; like this piece of amber my mother found today.
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