Our Plastic Pollution Is Infecting Marine Life Over 7 Miles Down in the Ocean | One Green Planet

Our Plastic Pollution Is Infecting Marine Life Over 7 Miles Down in the Ocean

Aleksandra Pajda
November 15, 2017

Plastic waste that finds its way into the oceans often ends up floating on the water’s surface. It makes up huge isles of marine debris, like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and it enables nature photographers to take pictures of the ocean water that nearly do not feature that water at all – because it is fully covered with a layer of trash. But plastic does not only accumulate on the oceans’ surface. According to the newest research, plastic pollution now reaches even the very deepest parts of the oceans – and it is found in the stomachs of deep-sea creatures living even seven miles under the surface.

This data concerning the pervasiveness of plastic waste in the oceans was released on behalf of Sky Ocean Rescue. The study was led by academics at Newcastle University and it found that animals from the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean were contaminated with fibers that most likely came from plastic bottles and packaging as well as synthetic clothing.

According to Dr, Alan Jamieson, leader of the study, the findings prove that there is no place on our planet free from plastic pollution anymore. “There is now no doubt that plastics pollution is so pervasive that nowhere – no matter how remote – is immune,” Jamieson told the Guardian. At the same time, he underlined the need for action heavily.

During the study, samples of crustaceans found in the deepest trenches across the Pacific Ocean – the Mariana, Japan, Izu-Bonin, Peru-Chile, New Hebrides, and Kermadec trenches were tested. The trenches range from four to more than six miles deep. They also include the deepest point in the ocean, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.

The researchers examined 90 individual animals – and found that ingestion of plastic ranged from 50 percent in the New Hebrides Trench to 100 percent at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

“The deep sea is not only the ultimate sink for any material that descends from the surface, but it is also inhabited by organisms well adapted to a low food environment and these will often eat just about anything,” Jamieson said and explained that deep-sea organisms are dependent on food “raining down from the surface which in turn brings any adverse components, such as plastic and pollutants with it.”

“Isolating plastic fibers from inside animals from nearly 11 kilometers deep [seven miles] just shows the extent of the problem. Also, the number of areas we found this in, and the thousands of kilometer distances involved shows it is not just an isolated case, this is global,” he said.

Every year, around 8.8 million tons of plastic waste gets dumped into the oceans. This waste does not cease to exist – it accumulates and goes on to affect the environment and the organisms living, as the study shows, in exactly every part and every layer of the oceans. “These observations are the deepest possible record of microplastic occurrence and ingestion, indicating it is highly likely there are no marine ecosystems left that are not impacted by anthropogenic debris.” Putting an end to the overflow of plastic waste in the oceans will require cooperation from governments and big businesses – but it also requires action from all of us as consumers. Our personal choices do make a difference and we can make it a difference for the better.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/plastic-pollution-impacts-marine-animals-seven-miles-in-the-ocean/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=8ed1af5fd5-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-8ed1af5fd5-106049477

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Dreams Do Come True! You Can Now Get Vegan Cookies That Boast 12 Grams of Protein | One Green Planet

Michelle Neff
November 15, 2017

High protein cookies!? Yep, it’s a thing, thanks to vegan brand No Cow. No Cow recently revealed their new high protein, low sugar, and 100 percent dairy-free cookies and we can’t wait to get our hands on them. The yummy cookies boast 12 grams of protein and will be available in four flavors including, peanut butter, chocolate chip, double chocolate, and snickerdoodle. They will also be releasing new flavors of their flagship protein bars that offer 20 grams of protein each and only 1 gram of sugar!
You’ll be able to find the new No Cow products in stores nationwide starting November 2017, all with a new logo and updated packaging.
https://nocow.com 

 

No Cow, formerly known as D’s Natural, was founded in 2015 by Daniel Katz after he realized he had a dairy sensitivity. “I created the No Cow Bar from a personal need and it has since acted as the inspiration for our mission here at No Cow- to create high-protein, dairy free, and ridiculously low sugar products that people love,” Daniel said in a press release.
This commitment to expanding protein to include plant-based options is undoubtedly a great move for the planet. The industrial animal agriculture system is one of the most environmentally destructive industries on the planet and we need to start shifting away from animal proteins and towards plant-based alternatives, if we want to create a truly sustainable food system that will be able to support our growing population. With this in mind, seeing all of the new plant-based alternatives coming to the market to meet virtually every consumer’s needs and wants is extremely heartening.

Looks like the question of where you get your protein from if you eat plant-based foods, is quickly going out of date!
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