Plastic is everywhere. Chances are you will deal with it daily, in most aspects of your lives. Plastic makes up most of our phones, our computers and keyboards, parts of our cars, utensils in our kitchen, drink bottles, food containers, many stationery products and not only that, most products are wrapped in plastic packaging. You can even find it in some of your cosmetics and soaps!!
Where does it all go when you throw it away? Well, it either goes to your local dump, where it can take up to 700 years to decompose- and even then it never completely decomposes. Or it goes into our beautiful ocean. All drains eventually run into the sea, so when you use a facewash which contains Polyethalene (also known as microbeads…find out more here), they end up directly in the sea.
Plastic: the silent killer.
Did you know that there are giant plastic islands floating in the ocean as big as Texas? This is bad. Not only for the ocean but also for our health. It has been estimated that 92% of children over 6 test positive for the plastic chemical BPA.
It is not good for our sea life either- there have been countless examples of washed up marine mammals, birds and fish that have died because they have consumed too much plastic, or have been tangled in or suffocated by some form of plastic product.
As part of our community outreach projects we operate a number of recycling initiatives to increase awareness around plastic use, our marine conservation program also runs an ongoing research program monitoring the plastic found on our beautiful beaches in South Africa.