It has been estimated that nine million tons of plastic waste finds its way into the oceans every year. Off Japan's coast, the quantity of pelagic plastic particles floating increased 10 fold in 10 years between the 1970s and 1980s, and then 10 fold every 2-3 years in the 1990s.5 In the Southern Ocean, plastic debris increased 100 times during the early 1990s.6 These increases in plastic debris occurred at the same time that worldwide production of plastic fibers quadrupled.
One way is to sensitize the Ghanaian populace of the negative health implications of plastics through environmental education programs. There are many factors to consider, from what land is switched over to producing bio-plastics and fibre alternatives, to the method of recycling these products.
And while you wouldn't choose to eat plastic soaked in hazardous chemicals, there's a real danger that you are eating fish and seafood contaminated by their plastic meals. Scientists estimate that 60 percent of all seabird species have eaten pieces of plastic, a figure they predict will rise to 99 percent by 2050.
In a press conference in September 2009, the director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Maziar Movassaghi, referring to Project Kaisei's findings, held a small glass bottle filled with seawater sampled at the Great North Garbage Patch.
Second, domestic garbage: plastic pollution information As citizens have weak awareness of environmental protection, they scatter waste paper and glasses. Our annual Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit prepares teachers to dive into the issue of plastic pollution, and its solutions, with their students, schools and surrounding communities.