World’s Deepest Plastic Bag Reveals Extent of Ocean Pollution

What has been called the world’s deepest plastic bag has been discovered at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists found the bag at 36.000ft (10,898m) in the world’s deepest ocean trench and published their findings in the journal of Marine Policy.

The report said: “There is a growing concern that deep-sea ecosystems are already being damaged by direct exploitation of both biological and non-biological resources – through deep-sea trawling, mining and infrastructure development, for example.”

 

The effects of pollution

Pollution in seas and oceans is a huge concern across the world because of the damage to wildlife. This video from divers off the coast of Bali revealed the huge amount of waste found beneath the oceans.

Pollution can affect the health of marine creatures and cause them to become trapped in litter or oil. It can disrupt the food chain and marine plant life, causing many species to become close to extinction.

 

Single use plastics

This discovery is part of a project from teams across the world to get an insight into what is beneath oceans.

Over a third of the debris found by these teams was micro-plastic and 89% were from single use products.

Single use products have been in the news lately with calls to ban wet wipes, cotton buds and drinking straws to cut down pollution levels.

The 5p plastic bag levy introduced in 2015 has seen great results. Plastic bag use has been reduced by 80% in England, meaning that nine billion fewer bags are being used.

Similar initiatives involving single use coffee cups have been trialled this year by Starbucks. However, MPs rejected a call for there to be a 25p tax on cups in March. While we have made progress with the plastic bags, there’s still a long way to go.

This fact sheet from Earth Day 2018 revealed that 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced since plastic was introduced in the 1950s. 91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled which means that most plastic products won’t biodegrade and could exist for hundreds of years.

 

A move away from plastics

At Bee Blissful, we wanted to move away from our dependency on plastics and target one of our most polluting habits – plastic water bottles.

So we created our bottles with strengthened ti-borosilicate glass. They’re easy to clean and are long lasting so will cut down on the amount of waste and pollution. Take a look at our range of products here.

 

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