Updated: Jul 7, 2020
We hope our eco-warriors are ready to for our next Plastic-Free July Challenge! For those who are just starting out, please see yesterday's post for more information. Now that you have completed the first challenge to take the pledge, it is time to move onto Challenge #2.
Challenge #2: Sign the WWF petition to end single-use plastic.
Did you know that one garbage truck of plastic is being dumped into our oceans every single minute?
According to the World Economic Forum 32% of all plastic packaging ends up in the ocean annually. That means that if you come across 3 plastic bottles lying on the street, one of those will end up in the ocean within one year. This results in the destruction of ocean habitat, and the harmful consumption of plastic fragments by marine wildlife.
In a research that spanned the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Mediterranean, 102 sea turtles were examined. Plastic was found inside every one of them; on average each had more than 150 pieces in its gut.
By banning single-use plastic, we can keep our oceans, our turtles and ourselves healthy.
Video by WWF
"On average people could be ingesting around 5 grams of plastic every week, which is the equivalent weight of a credit card." - WWF
HOW IS THIS HAPPENING?
“Eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. They break down into tiny bits called microplastics, small enough to enter our food chain, along with other t