Plastic is polluting our oceans - but what can I do to help?

A topic about which we here in the news almost daily is the pollution of the oceans. Billions of kilograms of plastic are currently in our oceans, and it is getting worse by every day passing. Due to that, animals such as seals, whales, dolphins and many other sea animals are dying or getting seriously sick. In many parts of the seas, marine diversity is seriously threatened, and whole ecological systems could collapse. Many people do not understand the long term impact of plastic on wildlife, and many people also do not know what to do against it, since plastic seems unavoidable.

What can I do to help?

You may be asking yourself what you can do to help, so here are three straightforward tips that could save an animal's life.

The easiest trick of them all is to stop using plastic bottles. You can bring bottles or cups from your home. One might be tempted to think that one bottle does not make any difference, but if you cut down on pet bottles completely (and maybe even tell your friends and family about this), you can make all the difference in the world.

Don't use straws or plastic bags since those can be fatal for sea turtles. Straws get stuck in turtles nostrils easily, that's why you often hear the saying "skip a straw, save a turtle". Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and eat them, which will make them sick, and if they continue to do so, especially when they are young as they are then hovering on the top of the sea where most of the plastic is, they will die. As a substitute, you can buy metal straws or drink your drink normally. Instead of plastic bags use paper or cotton bags - they look better anyways!

The third and last tip that we want to give you is a very simple but also a very effective one: Check the labels of your shampoos, toothpaste, body wash and other personal care items, as there is often microplastic in them. Don't forget that even the tiniest particle of plastic has an impact on something so huge like our ocean.

We hope this little guide was helpful for you and the people around you. We have to act now, and even the slightest change in your daily plastic use is a change.

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