Ocean Plastic Is Expected To Triple By 2025 – Sea Voice News

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by Alex Larson →

Plastic pollution remains one of the biggest threats to our oceans along with rising seas levels, climate change, human-made chemical pollution, and agricultural runoff.

In a new report titled Foresight Future of the Sea by the UK Government Office for Science, discovered that the amount of plastic in the ocean could triple by the year 2025.

Currently, there is already over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic trash in the world’s ocean and with the current amount expected to triple in such a short time, we need to address the reality of what we have created.

The report warns that the current health of the oceans could have some cruel implications for biodiversity, noting that there is already a 49% decline in marine vertebrate populations between 1970 and 2012.

The world is slowly starting to wake up to our plastic problem but we still use way too much on a global scale. Walk into any super market or restaurant and pay attention to the amount of single-use plastic being used and quickly, it becomes evident how vast our addiction has become.

Governments have started to implement bans on plastic items but not yet on a scale that we need. One of the authors’ primary recommendations is to reduce plastic pollution in the sea through the development of new biodegradable plastics and public awareness campaigns. The authors note that that the UK and the world need to seriously reassess the way it manages the ocean.

Recent reports have started to identify just how troubling plastic pollution has become. Last week, a separate report found that 93 percent of major brand bottled water contained microplastics inside of the bottled water.

The time is now to reduce plastic waste. Governments need to start identifying how to reduce waste but it also starts at a personal level. Every decision a person makes to say to no to plastic is decision that is positively impacting our environment.

http://seavoicenews.com/2018/03/21/ocean-plastic-is-expected-to-triple-by-2025/

9 comments on “Ocean Plastic Is Expected To Triple By 2025 – Sea Voice News

  1. I too believe that small changes do make a difference. I think there is proof that the consumer does have a voice…the Walkers crisp packet recycling scheme with TerraCycle is one (in the UK). You might have a similar scheme where you are too?

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    • I’m so glad…we all need to do our part, if we’re going to get this problem solved. The US has recycling programs, Florida is banning plastic straws, many restaurants will not hand you a straw unless you asked for them, and many cities have eliminated and cut back on single-use plastic bags, in my state we have curbside recycling programs. Now if we can get companies to start doing their part eliminating plastic pollution.

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      • Hi Nancy, it sounds like the US is changing the way they do things too. It’s a slow process as sadly we’ve become so reliant on plastic, but there have been stories about it featured in the news here in the U.K a lot over the past year or so. Fighting the plastic pollution problem is getting more and more well known, and we can all share ideas and learn from each other about ways in which we’re choosing to tackle the problem.

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  3. Avoidance is also a sort of boycott that can result in them deciding to invent or use something better. Or they can be legally forced to use or come up with better solutions. I understand that Coca-cola (at least in Europe) is using plant based plastics but don’t know if they biodegrade. PET is from ethanol. Ethanol is the alcohol that you drink. Surely it could be made in a biodegradable way. The most sustainable way is to grow your own food or buy from a local farmer, but not always feasible. Things become complicated because glass for preserving food, for instance, is heavier to ship and so uses more energy that way. And, there aren’t so many glass recycle programs anymore. But, preserved foods can save food and shipment. So some sort of bio/edible plastic seems good.

    I think that people’s alarm over toxic plastics and dyes made them shift away from them and create safer plastics and dyes. However, like with the related petroleum industry vs renewables we are being held back.

    I think that the current outrage over plastics in the ocean will have results and that people will be inventing better products. We just have to be willing to support the new products, with money and the law.

    “There has been a shift in the market for an increased demand of bioplastics, especially for sustainable packaging.[51] This has been seen specifically in Western Europe, which accounted for more than 45% of the global biodegradable plastics demand in 2014. This demand from consumers for more sustainable options was also seen in recent policies; Italy has banned the use of petroleum-based plastic bags, and there is a tax on use of petroleum based plastic bags in Germany [51]” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic

    In Europe they often charge for bags and sometimes these are paper bags with handles. Generally when people pay 40 cents per bag they either bring a reusable bag or bring the bag back. The paper bags can also be used to sort laundry at home.

    I think that much of the bad plastic in the US is being produced by Access Industries owned by Russian oligarch Len Blavatnik (who I think is key in Trump-Russia) and Formosa (Taiwan) Plastics. They are supporting academic programs/putting their own people there, which is another problem. Renewable energy and renewable plastics goes together.

    I increasingly suspect that mafia are dumping to ocean rather than recycling or properly disposing.

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    • That’s great that companies are making the change to a better product.

      You’re probably right the mafia runs waste Management’s in New York and New Jersey and the garbage barges on the Hudson probably get dumped in the ocean and doesn’t really go to its destination, I also suspect ocean liars do a lot of dumping.

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  4. Oh man, that video makes me feel sick. I think we might be in a bit of a filter bubble here, yes some people care (people on here) but I suggest the vast majority of people do not. It’s the same global / local barrier to our thinking that has slowed response to climate change. On recent trips to remote coastal regions we find a lot of industrial fishing waste, near estuaries it is mostly domestic stuff, bottles bags etc.

    The drive to use “something better” if fraught with peril. Commenter above cautiously mentions coca cola, plant based plastics. . . what plants? And is that driving deforestation / land use change in amazon / congo?

    There are so so so many humans, the tiniest tweak to the way we do things can create all kinds of havoc.

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