Something to think about.
#Repost @namsundri with @get_repost
Nothing shows the human impact of #plasticpollution more than this little hermit crab choosing a perfectly intact plastic pen cap for its shell. Plastics don't biodegrade, they break down to tinier pieces of plastic under sunlight, leaching toxic chemicals. It can take over 450 years for this pen cap to break down to tiny enough #microplastics for bacteria to consume (every piece of plastic ever made still exists...). Until then it remains hazardous waste for marine life AND human health. •
In a recent study, 83% of worldwide drinking water and 94% of US drinking water sampled contained microplastics (bottled and tap) (Boucher and Friot 2017)! Plastic is made of oil and carcinogenic chemicals. It's not for ingestion and yet the scope of our single-use obsession has implanted it in our own food web. Corn-based single-use plastics still take up to 50 years to decompose under rarely found high heat composting conditions. •
The solution? We can each stop making this problem worse by: 1. Choosing reusables and bringing them with us. Recycling is great but only 8% of plastics become recycled (Eriksen et al. 2014), 2. Contributing to cleanups. Even picking up 1 piece of street litter stops storm drains from carrying it to the ocean, and 3. Spread the message! By standing as a leader to use reusables, others may follow. I always get questions and positive remarks about my reusable bamboo utensils, metal straws, takeout containers, handkerchiefs (napkin/hand towel/tissue), and water/smoothie bottle when I'm out and about. The conversations happen naturally #BeTheChange •
#Repost @plastic_free_cayman ・・・
Nature doesn’t want or need our plastic. The plastic footprint we are leaving as humans is unforgivable. Hopefully this little fella will outgrow the pen lid quickly and he will find a nice shell, but see how’s he’s struggling to even move with this as his home.
Video taken at the amazing vegan restaurant @vivo.ky by Michele Zama. #hermitcrab #grandcayman —————
#StopSucking #NoStrawNovember #GlobalAmbassador #MarineConservation @oneoceandiving @oneoceanglobal @plasticpollutes