The alarming prediction of a new study is that until the year 2050, there will all in all be more plastic in the sea than fish. Already, numerous whales and dolphins run ashore, who have to starve because their stomachs are crammed with plastic waste. And also the sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, their main source of food, and perish with it. It is a fact that the masses of garbage that we alone can see at the shores and on the water surface, only constitute 30% of the entire plastic waste in the water. 70% are located on the ocean floor and have fatal consequences for the aquatic creatures. So, it is past time to change something! What every individual can do, we will reveal in the following:
Many people still do not realize that the majority of the plastic waste which they are throwing on the street regardlessly, reaches the sea over the rivers, no matter where they live. A first step in the right direction can be to just talk about it and friendly elucidate ignorami. Or you collect the garbage which you find in the park yourself. Even if it is annoying to dispose the rubbish of other people, we are still all responsible for our planet. And if some people unfortunately do not take their responsibility seriously, it is all the more our duty to create a balance through acting eco-friendly. Another huge problem that the most probably will not even be aware of, is microplastics which breaks loose, especially from synthetic sportswear while washing. This little particles cannot be filtered at the sewage works and therefore get into the sea. The so called “Guppyfriend” offers a great solution by filtrating these little particles.
Aside from that you can try to approach a zero waste lifestyle by producing as little garbage as possible. This already starts with drinking your smoothie without straw or brewing your coffee at home and filling it into a thermos bottle instead of buying it in a plastic cup around the corner. Or you could try to buy pre-owned products. This spares resources that would be unnecessarily exhausted in the production. By the way, there is a great guide with numerous practical examples about zero waste from Bea Johnson which makes it easy to change your lifestyle. Who wants to contribute even more actively to the rescue of marine creatures, could adopt a dolphin, orca or humpback whale. In this way you can support the great projects of the ngo “Whale and Dolphin Conservation”.
Of course, there are many more ideas that contribute to reducing waste and saving the marine creatures. Certainly, many things will come to your mind if you start thinking about it!