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Eco-fact Friday: Ocean Plastic is Going to Outweigh Fish by 2050

The plastic problem in our world's oceans is overwhelming

Did you know that, according to a new study, by the year 2050 plastic garbage will outweigh fish in our world's oceans if we don't take drastic measures to reduce and recycle? A staggering 95% of plastic packaging material is discarded after one use, much of which finds its way into the ocean.

The report done by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation claims that at least 8 million tons of plastic rubbish ends up in oceans worldwide every year, equal to one garbage truckful every minute. If this continues, these numbers will double by 2030 and potentially quadruple by 2050.

Plastic trash in our world's oceans

No one person, company, or organization alone is responsible for this plastic trash catastrophe. Therefore, it's going to take ALL of us working together to make the necessary changes.

Cities, counties, countries, governments, corporations, small business owners, consumers, plastic packaging companies, and all the way down to individual human beings have to work together to truly enact change.

We all have to do our part in order to avoid single-use products every chance we can. Ask yourself each day, how many single-use products am I going to use today?

Will I be packing my children's lunches using disposable plastic baggies? Am I planning on bringing a single-use plastic water bottle to work or buying one "on the run" today? Am I going to drink out of a soda can at dinner? Am I going to stop at Starbuck's and order a drink in a disposable cup? Am I going to ask the cashier at Target or the grocery store to pack my items in their disposable bags?

These moments (and countless more) crop up for people every day and most of us don't even think about it or realize it. And these moments represent a HUGE opportunity for change.

There's an eco-friendly (and friendlier on the wallet!) solution for each one of these moments: buy your kids washable lunch totes and sacks that can be reused daily; invest in a reusable water bottle to carry with you wherever you go; cut out soda for both ecological and health reasons; bring a reusable portable mug to Starbuck's for your daily coffee/tea run; always have reusable grocery bags in your car so you never have to opt for a disposable bag at the store.

Even if you only make two of these changes, you're making progress and being part of the change the natural environment so desperately needs. These solutions, while they do take a bit of forethought, are ultimately easy to do and so much better for the world around us.

Think of how many magical ocean creatures you could be saving by making better daily choices! It's a no-brainer for us at Water Gallery.

As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes make a huge difference!


Feb 10, 2016 • Posted by Linda Gonzales

I actually did know this and did a study at my college introducing others to this knowledge. It amazes me that even by sharing the knowledge people are still willing to leave garbage around, especially at the beaches and haven’t switched to reusable materials yet? There’s nothing worse in my book then a Styrofoam or plastic cup that just gets discarded.

When living in California I would spend my free time picking up the trash at the local beaches with Sea Shepherd and it was nice to know that I was helping even a little bit.

Feb 09, 2016 • Posted by Amanda Burke

This is what I mean by we need to change our ways and fix this planet before it is too late!

Feb 05, 2016 • Posted by Tyrone Umana

It’s a shame that more is not done to fix this problem in the world, seems the government would outlaw any companies on manufacturing or using any materials that hurt the environment. Mother Nature is important !!!

Feb 04, 2016 • Posted by Veronica Shaw

Great suggestions! I even cut the little circle tabs from milk cartons because I’m afraid if tiny animals were to get caught in them. Reusable grocery bags hold so much more than the disposable bags that always rip anyway! Reusable water bottles are great too. I have a whole collection of them in my pantry, ready for any moment. :)

Feb 04, 2016 • Posted by Ashley Harris

Great eco-friendly tips for all of use to remember!

Feb 03, 2016 • Posted by Brittany

I can’t stand when I am at the beach and there is liter and trash everywhere. It’s even worse when there is trash in the water. I always make it a point to pick up any trash I come across.

Feb 03, 2016 • Posted by Jessica

I agree we all need to make changes or our planet won’t have a chance to recover.

Feb 03, 2016 • Posted by Linda Davis

Agree….we all need to make better daily choices.

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