We’ve been told for years that single use plastic is damaging the environment, and in particular our oceans and the marine creatures that inhabit it. Yet very few people know the details of the problem, and just how big of an impact it is having on our oceans. What does the future hold when plastic pollution in the ocean has become such a major factor?
You’re probably familiar with the work of Sir David Attenborough. His TV programmes have done great work shining a light on the issues within our oceans, and most importantly, the plastic pollution in them. A lot of this focused on what happens when animals eat the plastic floating about in their homes – or when they get tangled up in it. The images were gruesome at times, but it did have an impact, and many countries passed laws on single use plastic ban.
What are Single use Plastics?
Single use is the plastic which is designed to go straight into this bin after you’ve used it only once. Things like plastic forks, food wrapping and water bottles. This is the kind that’s difficult to recycle. We use so much of it every day, that our landfills can no longer cope, and more and more of it ends up in our oceans. Particularly when it comes to the use of plastic straws bottles, it’s time for us to stop using single-use plastic and switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives.
In 2016, the World Economic Forum concluded that “there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050 if we continue on the path we are on.” This is one of the biggest issues surrounding plastic waste in the ocean. This is the danger that single use plastic is causing. If plastic pollution continues on the way it currently is, then many of our beautiful marine animals will suffer, including 86% of sea turtles. Yet this plastic isn’t just spread out in our seas. Due to the many changing tides, winds and currents in our oceans, the plastic ends up swirling together, forming large plastic islands. The biggest one is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The last we knew, it was three times the size of France!
Did you know that there should actually be a lot more plastic in the oceans than there is? Sounds like a good thing, right? Well it’s not. These ‘missing plastics’ as they’re known are really worrying to scientists around the world, because they’ve been broken down into microplastics. Microplastics are tiny particles, and this is what happens to plastic after years in the water. Even though they’re small, they’re one of the biggest dangers to our oceans. Animals still eat them, and they’re even ending up in our bodies as well. On the Big Island of Hawaii, there are some beaches where the sand is now 15% grains of microplastic.
What Can Be Done to Help?
At Caseco, we’ve partnered with 1% for the Planet to help environmental causes around the world. We know that our customers want sustainably sourced products, with as little waste as possible. That’s why we build all of our accessories to last and pack the using sustainable packaging, so that they won’t end up in our oceans. As well as this, we look for the most sustainably sourced materials we can.
All this means that when you buy an iPhone 11 Car Mount Holder you know that it’s going to be long-lasting, zero waste packaging, and made from sustainably sourced and recyclable material. Plus, every purchase does a little bit to help environmental issues around the world.
Want to know more about how we want to tackle ocean waste? Check out our packaging and materials for all of the information you need.