Recent headlines have been a stark reminder that we're not just dealing with a little bit of plastic in the ocean; we are dealing with an ocean plastic pollution crisis. From some of the most remote islands in the Indian Ocean to the deepest depths of the Pacific Ocean, ocean plastic has been found. It even has the potential to affect atmospheric oxygen levels which could one day inhibit our ability to breathe. These are the latest news stories covering the ocean plastic crisis.
Around the world, many species both on land and in the sea are facing the most important fight of their lives –– the one that could potentially be the final fight to exist on this planet. Today is Endangered Species Day and we want to recognize the peril of these iconic animals in hopes of bringing attention to their plight and call out some amazing work our non-profit partners are doing to save these creatures.
We take a trip around the world and pull some of the stories making headlines with regards to ocean plastic pollution. Our goal is to show you just how pervasive the problem is and to highlight all the different storylines that this problem produces every day. From the UK to Siesta Key, FL the plastic crisis hits home and its up to us to help stop it at the source.
As complex of an ecosystem as the Everglades is, the history and politics of how it came to be in such a dire state may be even more complex. But there simply isn't enough room in this short post to get into all of that. Regardless of the reason, the fact remains that the Everglades need our help. So take a stand and support Everglades restoration now!
Even though we're cleaning up the ocean and coastlines seven days a week, it helps to take a quick break and look at what else is going on around the world. We've ripped the most interesting stories from the headlines so you can stay up to date on the most recent developments surrounding the ocean plastic crisis.
It turns out that some iconic Spring Break hotspots are extremely important, ecologically valuable areas to the species that call them home. Plastic pollution left behind by Spring Break revelers can cause tremendous harm to endangered species and critical habitats, so have fun but always clean up afterward.
Microplastics are on the menu for some of the smallest and deepest-living animals in the ocean. A study of amphipods from places like Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench shows they are eating these plastics at an alarming rate. Find out how this material is making its way to them and see what regular activity may be to blame.
Back in January 2019, a NOAA expedition to the subantarctic waters off Chili potentially documented a new species of orca alive for the first time in the wild! Perfect timing considering that the news coincides with the launch of our 4ocean Orca Bracelet (or maybe it's just coincidence), but either way, we are super excited to hear the news.
For those headed to Mardi Gras this weekend, we are jealous...but please just be mindful that the party doesn't end at the end of the night; its plastic hangover can last hundreds if not thousands of years. Hundreds of tons of plastic beads and other single-use plastics are collected throughout Carnival all the way through Fat Tuesday.
With all our complex measurement tools and fancy scientific data collection techniques, it may be one of the most simple creatures in the ocean that could become our greatest ally on the journey to understand microplastic pollution in the ocean on a global scale.
The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility or EPR is not a new concept but it is gaining steam again as a way to help solve the ocean plastic pollution problem. The burden of plastic waste, collection and recycling are now squarely on the shoulders of consumers and governments. EPR shifts that responsibility back to manufacturers and producers.
A "nurdle" sounds like a cute and cuddly imaginary animal you might find in the stuffed toy section of your local big box store. But nurdles are actually tiny microplastics being consumed by fish that harbor all kinds of pathogens on their surfaces. Take a deeper look at the tiny world of nurdles.
The global ocean plastic pollution problem has reached crisis level and it is going to take an army to solve it. Now, there is a global competition that just launched from National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures that is calling on all ocean warriors to submit their ideas in hopes of curbing the problem.
So much of the conversation around single-use plastic focuses on the consumer having to come up with ways to reduce, reuse and recycle what we use. Well, how about the companies that produce the plastic in the first place? Take a look at what some companies are beginning to do because their customers are speaking up.
A tropical paradise is now awash in single-use plastic and it took a realization by the local government to understand that if they wanted people from around the world to continue to flock to their island, they will need to do whatever it takes to solve their current ocean plastic problem. It doesn't hurt that two surfers had the same idea and started 4ocean which now has a full-time cleanup facility in Bali.
Now that 2018 is in the rear-view mirror, it's time to look forward at some positive things when it comes to single-use plastic. It isn't all doom and gloom and in this post, we look at 5 things that show us if we keep our eyes focused on the problem and its solutions, we can all make a difference.
In 2018 there were so many stories hitting the news about single-use and ocean plastic it was hard to keep track of them all. It's negative effects on wildlife and the marine environment simply cannot be measured and it is up to all of us to think about our choices in 2019 and beyond so that we can make real change for the ocean. In this post, we take a look back on some of the most notable.