It’s not just the beach scene that plastic waste spoils. Marine life, the environment, the economy and our health suffer a lot, too.
THE PROBLEM WITH THE OCEANS
You don’t even have to go far: just put your foot in the sand to see how our beaches are littered with garbage. And there’s more: plastic waste, which invades the oceans, is ingested by marine species and ends up returning to us through the food chain.
Yes, what you have just read is correct! When marine animals do not die entangled in the garbage, they eat micro and nano plastics and, then, they are consumed by us. Many researches have already shown how alarming those consequences are to our health.
Meanwhile, our landscapes are destroyed, ocean life is stifled, while the economy is also sinking. The oceans play an active and relevant role in environmental conservation. They produce oxygen, store carbon and maintain the world’s thermal balance. In short: the oceans keep us alive.
Well, beach garbage doesn’t just spoil that beautiful photo we’d like to post. It is already threatening many lives today, and if nothing is done, it will be even worse in the future.
WHAT POLLUTION CAUSES
Animals face the degradation of their own habitat; they ingest plastic waste and even get tangled up in the garbage.
A €259 to €695 million lost is estimated, mainly for the tourism and fishing sectors.
We are all exposed to ocean pollution and ingest chemicals through the food chain.
Recycling one million tons of plastic is equivalent to neutralizing the carbon footprint of one million cars.