Plastic has become one of the most ubiquitous materials on the planet. In the past few decades alone, we have increased the amount of plastic in circulation exponentially, to the great detriment of the environment.
Although we use many disposable, single-use plastic items, the reality is that they are hardly as “disposable” as we might think. Plastic never truly disappears nor does it degrade. Rather, over the period of hundreds of years, it breaks into smaller and smaller pieces. Unfortunately, because of our illusion that plastic goes away when we throw it out, our oceans are in serious trouble.
One Green Planet believes that our collective reliance on plastic is driving the destruction of our oceans, endangering marine and land animals, and harming human health. While we may appreciate plastic for its convenience, it is long past time for us to wake up and recognize the far-reaching impacts of this temporary luxury.
This amazing infographic illustrates the extent of our plastic problem and shows how our plastic habit is directly harming marine animals. We all have the power to make a difference with our daily actions, though.
“Plastic is ubiquitous in modern society and seemingly unavoidable. But is it worth risking the lives of marine species, the health of the oceans and our own future in the name of convenience? By taking steps to minimize everyday plastics in our lives, we can crush plastic at the source and give marine life a fighting chance,” says Nil Zacharias, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Green Planet.
Share this infographic and encourage others to #CrushPlastic and start acting to save the world oceans, animals – and ultimately ourselves as well.