The oceans make up Earth's primary life support system and cover 70% of our planet's surface. Yet we have not been kind to our waters and this has consequences for global humanity.
Approximately 134 species are known to have ingested plastic, including 60 species of fish, all 3 species of sea turtle, 9 species of seabird and 5 species of marine mammal only in the Mediterranean Sea.
Plastic can now be found on every single beach worldwide, including in all layers of the Antarctic Ocean. But this visible marine trash is thought to represent the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are about 6.3 trillion pieces of plastic sinking or floating in our world's waters.
1. Plastic Bottles & Cups
Every bit of plastic you've ever thrown out still exists, and will stick around long after we are gone. Our addiction to plastic bottles and cups are having a major impact on our environment and wildlife. Protecting the Mediterranean Sea is one of the biggest reasons to stop using these items.
2. Plastic Bags
Plastic bags that are not properly disposed of end up in the ocean and along shores, becoming a huge environmental threat. Bags that are lost in our oceans are considered one of the deadliest forms of trash polluting our oceans as they become microplastics faster than other items due to their thin thickness.
3. Face Masks
COVID-19 has had huge impacts on the environment, being face masks one of the biggest pollutants of all time. Face masks waste has become a new form of pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.
If every single person used one disposable face mask a day for a year, it would create an additional 66 metric tonnes = 66.000 kilograms of waste in our oceans every year. With masks being made partially plastic, it will take hundreds of years to degrade since this masks cannot be recycled.
4. Plastic Gloves
The Covid19 pandemic is threatening the Mediterranean waters with millions of gloves used every single minute. In fact, we are putting our oceans and its inhabitants in danger as discarded gloves are floating into our oceans and waterways.
"We’ve seen how the appearance of gloves and face masks in the Mediterranean Sea has increased drastically"
5. Plastic Toys
Plastic toys are convenient and cheap but they are bad for the environment. Every year millions of toys are lost or abandoned in our beaches and waters from the Mediterranean Sea contributing to the amount of plastic ending up in landfill and oceans.
"Plastic is a practical material and cheap to manufacture so inevitably lots of things are made from it"
Our plastic addiction and waste mismanagement is condemning countless marine birds and animals to death by entanglement or poisoning, and even leading to chemical contamination of our oceans.
If you want to learn about how we plan to protect the Mediterranean Sea and its coastlines from plastic pollution visit our 1 kg pledge page
Choose wisely. Live waste free. Avoid all single-use plastic.