9 Tips to Reduce Ocean Plastic Pollution

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

It is probably that that plastic is an incredibly magical invention in our modern life. Most of the things present around our lives such as furniture, washing machines, doors, computers, etc. are made of plastic. In addition, plastic can be used for a long time, lighter, and more effective than any other materials. The invention of plastic is a fundamental but great step forward for humanity to produce a series of other important inventions. Itis almost impossible for people to maintain a modern, comfortable life today without plastic. Because it is so convenient, people have become lazy, we throw away the plastic bag after using it, this is the cause of plastic pollution. Plastic is not a disposable material by nature, it was invented for continuous reuse and 100% recyclable. However, 50% of the plastic consumed each day is in disposable plastic products. That means, in the millions of tons of plastic produced each year more than half of it only gives us a sense of convenience in a few minutes such as plastic cups, plastic straws, and plastic bags. After that, these things are thrown into the soil, river, ocean and turned into useless and harmful to the environment.

In the oceans, plastic pollution affects sea turtles, whales, sea birds, fish, coral reefs, and countless other marine species and habitats. Scientists estimate that more than half of the world's sea turtles and nearly every seabird species on Earth eat plastic during their lifetime. Plastic pollution also affects beaches, beautiful coastlines and snorkeling spots worldwide, even in remote areas. 

We need to raise people's awareness of how to use plastic properly. Everyone can do something to reduce the amount of plastic that goes into the ocean. A person would decrease by 1 kg of waste per day then 1 billion people will reduce by 1 million tons of waste per day. Today, QA Bamboo will give you 9 tips to reduce Ocean plastic pollution:

1. Reduce Single-Use Plastics Single-use plastic items include plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, carry-out containers, and any other disposable plastic items. Try to purchase reusable versions of those products, including reusable grocery bags, clot bags, glass bottles, utensils, coffee cups.

2. Recycle Properly Studies show that only 9% of plastic is recycled per year. Recycling helps keep plastic out of the ocean and reduces the amount of "new" plastic that circulates. If you do use plastic bags, try to reuse them by rinsing, drying and reusing them until they are torn. For other plastic utensils, take it to the nearest plastic waste recycling center instead of throwing it in the trash.

3. Refuse

Refuse plastic straws. When you order any drinks at restaurant or coffee shop, try to say:“No straw, please”.

4. Remove Pick up trash whenever you see trash on the road or on the beach. Clean up after you finish camping.

5. Participate In a Beach or River Cleanup Help remove plastics from the ocean and prevent them from getting there in the first place by participating in or organizing a cleanup of your local beach or waterway.  You can go to the beach or waterway and collect plastic waste on your own or with your friends and family, or you can join a local organization’s cleanup every weekend.

6. Support Single-Use Plastic Bans You can support the adoption of Single-Use Plastic Bans in your area. If your local government has not enacted the ban of Single-Use Plastic yet, send a letter or call your local elected leaders, urging them to do.

7. Avoid Products Containing Microbeads Tiny plastic particles, known as "microbeads", have become an increasing source of marine plastic pollution in recent years. Microbeads are found in several facial scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels, and they easily enter oceans and waterways through our sewers, and affect hundreds of species. Marine. Avoid products that contain microplastics by looking for "polyethylene" and "polypropylene" on the ingredient labels of your cosmetic products. Use natural scrubs like coffee grounds that are better for your skin and the environment.

8. Walk or ride a bike

Surprisingly, the wear of car tires produces a large amount of microbeads. 10-28% of the microbeads in the world's oceans are derived from car tires. So that, you should walk or ride a bike to work instead of driving a car.

9. Spread the world Stay informed about plastic pollution problems and help others become aware of the them. Tell your friends and family how they can be part of the solution or host a party watch some Netflix documentaries focusing on plastic pollution, like A Plastic Ocean, Night on Earth, Islands of the Future, Poisoned Water, etc.

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