Plastic pollution is a major environmental issue that threatens the health of our oceans and marine life. According to recent estimates, there are approximately 171 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the world's oceans. The full data for this study can be found HERE. This staggering figure is a reminder of the urgent need to address plastic pollution and take action to protect our oceans.
Plastic debris in the ocean can harm marine life in a number of ways. Animals such as turtles, dolphins, and whales can mistake plastic debris for food, leading to ingestion and potential starvation. Plastic debris can also entangle and suffocate marine animals, causing injury or death. In addition to harming marine life, plastic pollution can also negatively impact human health by contaminating seafood and entering the food chain, it's estimated that already most of the fish we eat contains plastic.
The sources of plastic pollution in the ocean are numerous and include both land-based and ocean-based activities. Land-based sources include plastic waste that is improperly disposed of and ends up in rivers and oceans. Ocean-based sources include discarded fishing gear and plastic from ships and offshore platforms.
Reducing plastic pollution requires a multifaceted approach that includes changes in individual behaviour, improved waste management practices, and policies that promote the use of sustainable materials. Individuals can take action by reducing their use of single-use plastics such as straws, bags, and utensils, and properly disposing of plastic waste. Governments and industry need to also take action by implementing policies and practices that reduce plastic waste, increase recycling and promote sustainable alternatives.
The issue of plastic pollution in the ocean is complex and requires collective action from individuals, organisations, and governments around the world. By working together, we can reduce the amount of plastic debris in the ocean and protect the health of our oceans and marine life for generations to come.
Whenever you purchase anything consider what it is made from, who has had to make it and its impact on the environment. Here at FacePlant our frames are made from 100% recycled plastic. Almost every pair of sunglasses, even recycled and sustainable ones made from wood use plastic lenses. We don't our lenses are biodegradable, this is really expensive, but the only way we can put our hands on our hearts and say we are truly sustainable.
There is no virgin plastic, or harmful plastic in the use of our sunglasses. Furthermore the plastic we use is recyclable too, so at the end of it's life it can be reused again and again. We are happy to be doing our part towards a sustainable future.