Do you remember the first time you went to a beach? The soft sand, the breathtakingly blue ocean water, and the huge waves. Unfortunately, due to increasing trash, the ocean water is in danger. Trash is making its way into our oceans and building up in massive amounts. The United Nations estimated that about 5.6 million tons of plastic trash are dumped, blown, or washed into the seven seas. This is a worldwide problem that has already started to effect marine life. We can easily put a stop to it, but it will take the effort of people to be more cautious with their plastic waste.
The main issue with plastic is that it does not biodegrade. It has to go through a special process and because of that every piece of plastic that has ever been made will exist for years and years. This trash is harming sea life that the ocean food chain depends on to live. Animals will start to mistake trash for real food since the trash is where those plants and fish once lived. But they often will not survive because there digestive systems can’t handle it. The death and migration of too many animals in a particular area can throw off the already delicate food chain. Although this problem is currently only effecting our oceans, it will become a huge factor to us. There is already an overflow of trash in dumpsters and landfills and once the oceans are completely filled where is the trash going to go? Our homes and cities. There is only one way to avoid this and people need to take action before it’s too late.
The world has made it almost impossible to live without the use of plastic. Unfortunately plastic is everywhere especially in grocery stores and packaging materials. What most people don’t realize is that we use so many plastic bags to carry produce and groceries home in that just end up just adding to the garbage. Regardless of this, there are steps that can be used to minimize plastic usage. Instead of relying on the plastic or paper bags offered in the checkout...