Plastic in the Oceans

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Plastic in the Oceans

Greta Ihmels, Reporter

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Plastic is a big part of our lives. There is plastic, in the form of packages, electronic devices, furniture, cars and more, everywhere. Three hundred million metric tons of plastic are produced every year and eight million metric tons end up in the ocean. The impact it has on the environment, animals and even humans is unbelievable. 

The trend to save the turtles, which was trending on social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat in the last two years, is about using reusable straws instead of plastic straws to reduce plastic waste. This trend actually has a meaning, and it helps the environment and animals. Plastic Particles, like straws, were found in 100% of the sea turtles. They mistake the plastic straws as food. Sea turtles are not the only animals that have to deal with the problem, which causes death in most of the cases. Over 700 species are affected and 1 million animals die because of plastic in the ocean every year. 

It affects humans too. They are consuming the plastic whenever they eat seafood, because it is in the animal’s stomach. It is like a line in which the plastic is given from body to body, and it always harms them. The website ocean conservatory writes that the plastic people consume can cause the “spread infectious disease.”  Besides the plastic destroys beautiful places, which people can’t enjoy anymore. Beaches are full of plastic and nobody wants to swim in water full of trash. People can help save the oceans, animals and humans by reducing their usage of plastic, recycling and supporting organisations which clean the oceans and beaches.