It is estimated that several million TONS of plastic makes it into our oceans each year. For me, what this means to the survival of marine birds and animals immediately comes to mind. Our job, as seanetters, to comb our beaches looking for dead birds and to ponder why these birds may have died directly exposes us to the plight of ocean pollution. The statistics are staggering:
- Plastics are estimated to represent almost 80% of the total marine debris floating in the world’s oceans.
- Every year, at least one million sea birds and 100,000 sharks, turtles, dolphins and whales die from eating plastic.
- Fish in the middle depths of the northern pacific ocean are ingesting as much as 24,000 tons of plastic each year.
- 267 species around the world are harmed by plastic. 86% of sea turtles, 44% of seabirds and 43% of ocean mammals ingest or become tangled in plastic.
However, one small U.S. soap company, method (Method Products), is trying to do their part and raise awareness :
As a small soap company, they know they can’t clean up the world’s oceans, but they are trying to raise awareness about the issue and use their business to demonstrate smart ways of using and reusing the plastics that are already on the planet. They think the best way to do that is by proving that solutions exist, even at a small scale.
Some of their hand soap bottles are made with a blend of recovered ocean plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic.
As seanetters, a dedicated lot, we are all doing our part in some small way too to collect information about the plight of seabirds and in doing so we too are trying to raise awareness about the health of our oceans. My hat is off to all seanetters!