Plastic is everywhere; even at 7 miles deep. What was once thought of as a safe haven away from anthropogenic impacts, has been found to contain plastic. Recent research has found that the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, contains persistent organic pollutants (POP’s) that are absorbed onto plastic. The new study, published … More Plastic reaches the deep sea
As of last Monday, Johnson and Johnson will no longer make their cotton buds with plastic in order to reduce the amount of plastic reaching the oceans. The plastic tubes will instead be replaced with cardboard. The new buds should be seen in shops within the next couple of weeks. According to the Marine Conservation … More Swapping plastic for paper – Johnson and Johnson’s bid to save the oceans
A recent study by Napper and Thompson at Plymouth University examined the abundance of microscopic fibres released that are from synthetic clothes when they’re washed. Synthetic fabrics have been used instead of cotton, wool and linen for over 50 years and their prevalence in clothing is increasing. The increase in these microfibres and a recent … More Invasion of the microplastics
Sky have brought out an Ocean Rescue Campaign to raise awareness of single use plastics on our ocean and coastal environments. Each year 8 million tonnes of plastic is thrown away, that’s equivalent to 37 container ships! These plastics take thousands of years to break down, they’re ingested by marine animals and move up the food chain into … More Can Sky rescue the oceans?
Recent research, published February 2017 in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, has found increased ingestion of plastic in the White-chinned Petrel in Brazil. Scientists predict this increased ingestion is likely to increase if plastic pollution isn’t reduced now. These birds aren’t the only marine organisms effected by plastic waste on a daily basis. So I’ve put together a list of … More Decluttering our oceans one step at a time
Throughout my research into marine plastic pollution for a university project I came across a phenomenon called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. You may of heard of it. To me it strikes up a very powerful image that, primarily, is very misunderstood. The ‘patch’ was discovered by Charles Moore, in 1997 who was surrounded by plastic as … More The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – real or not real?