Anyone who has picked up a copy of the National Geographic
aware of stories of the negative effects of plastic. Images of sea turtles ensconced in refuse or
albatrosses with stomachs full of plastic have become common spectacles within its pages. In some
this should come as no surprise. According to organization Ocean Conservancy, 8 million metric tons
plastic make their way into the world's ocean's every year, affecting the health of over 700 marine
Plastic is one of the biggest menaces we are facing today and
ill-effects can be observed not only on the land but in the oceans. Marine life, including the birds
are dependent on it, cannot distinguish plastics from food sources, meaning that they often
feed on plastic. In a cruel twist of fate, plastic can exacerbate feelings of hunger, causing a
cycle that encourages them to ingest more of the harmful material.
To combat this issue, consumers are being encouraged to carry
glass water bottles, use cotton bags for grocery shopping, use glass or metal containers for
opt for environmentally-friendly packaging where possible. Spreading useful information about how to
these changes may inspire people to avoid plastic use in their day-to-day lives.