Micro-plastic, meaning less than 5 mm, is polluting the ocean and rivers in the world, with one source estimating that a minimum of 5.25 trillion plastic particles—equivalent to 269,000 tons—are floating in the sea. This catastrophe could gravely damage the food chain and habitats of fellow beings living in the sea. Recently, Volvo Open Race participants found tiny particles of micro-plastic at Point Nemo, which is nearly 1,700 miles from the nearest inhabited land. The highest concentrations of micro-plastic have been observed around the Mediterranean and the South China Sea.
How can we reduce microplastic as individuals? It can be as simple as lowering your usage of single-use plastic containers, recycling, joining a beach or river cleanup. Alternatively, some less-known ways like avoiding microbeads by just looking for “polyethylene” and “polypropylene” on the ingredient labels of your cosmetic products.
So, the next time you purchase a product, choose not to waste plastic unsustainably!
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