When was the last time you went to a beach in the UK? Did you notice rubbish? Plastic bottles, bags and more washed up on the shore.
The problem does not effect just the UK but everywhere, bits of plastic are either left or dropped to wash up on our beaches and sit there until it is moved. A single plastic bottle can take around 450 years to fully break down and decompose in the sea.
A recent article in the Daily Mail describes the mountains of rubbish found on a Cornish beach with some items as old as fifty years.
We have written previously about how the use of tiny microbeads in cleaning and beauty products is damaging to the environment. Currently water treatment plants are unable to filter these tiny plastic beads out of the water. We are slowly but surely, filling our seas and oceans with plastic.
Currently the BBC documentary Blue Planet is being shown on our screens in the UK and an upcoming episode will talk about how the amount of plastic in our oceans is posing a huge threat. Sir David Attenborough has said the following:
"For the first time in the history of humanity, for the first time in 500 million years, one species has the future in the palm of its hands. I hope he realises that is the case. What we’re going to do about a 1.5 degrees rise in the temperature of the oceans in the next 10 years, I don’t know. But we can do something about plastic right now."
Sir David is right, we should give more thought to the things we are buying and how do we dispose of them.
Do you recycle your plastics? Do you think we do enough to recycle rubbish? Please leave your comments below.
November 20, 2017
In: Industry News, Motivation
Tags: Plastic, Beaches, Pollution, British waters, rubbish, Recycling, Blue Planet, BBC, Sir David Attenborough