In the article about plastics, I learned about how plastic does not just affect ocean life. It affects everything. Plastic pollution has a direct and deadly effect on wildlife and our climate. Scientists predict that there are about 15-51 trillion pieces of plastics in our oceans. ”Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences that make up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. At current rates plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050”. When we start to see this amount of plastic in our oceans, you start to see plastic islands in the middle of the ocean. Fish start to eat this plastic, confusing it for food and suffer from health problems. If the fish are lucky enough to survive with plastic in their stomachs, they will eventually be caught for food and humans eat the fish with plastic, funny how we start to eat what we throw away.
The primary reason why plastic was created was to replace glass because it would not break. Plastic was used to enhance storage and it could be used forever. But that is the reason why these plastics are so bad. With the mass production of single-use plastics and plastic in general. “Plastic is a material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of all plastic – water bottles, bags, and straws – are used just once and thrown away. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.” Eventually, animals will start to eat the plastic, thinking it was food, then we will hunt those animals and end up eating the plastic that they ate.
Because plastic can not biodegrade, it ends up in our landfills and oceans. People use plastics regularly but usually, they keep rebuying the same product that they throw away. When these plastics get into our oceans it affects the whole ecosystem and affects our planet. These effects include polluting our oceans and beaches, animals dying from eating plastic, and the fossil fuels to make plastic are going up. To help solve this problem we need to limit our use of plastic, but plastic is everywhere. So take little steps, like not using a plastic straw one time then throwing it out. Or maybe try to limit the use of plastic bags when you go shopping, bring your own bags. There are a lot of alternatives to not use plastic you just need to commit to it.