In early December 2019, a dead sperm whale was found to have 100kg of litter in its stomach. The items found in this compacted mass included rope, nets, plastic bags and cups. They have been linked to both the fishing industry and land waste. Whilst disturbing as an individual case it is, unfortunately, a symptom of a much bigger problem.
"It is, however, a scientific consensus that litter has disrupted ecosystems and threatened entire species. The health of humans has also been affected by it."
Sea PollutionSea pollution is occurring at an alarming rate. It is impossible to know the true scale as so much is discarded into the world's oceans every year. At least 2.7 million tons is estimated to be dumped annually. UK strandings of whales and dolphins have increased in the last decade from 204 to over 930. Research is still being undertaken to determine if sea pollution is a contributing factor.
Scientific ConsensusIt is, however, a scientific consensus that litter has disrupted ecosystems and threatened entire species. The health of humans has also been affected by it. If current pollution trends continue the consequences will become even worse for animals and people all over the world.
How Can Pollution Be Reduced?The biggest issue with modern pollution is not just the scale of it but also the fact that so much is non-biodegradable. This is especially true when it comes to disposable plastic products. When they are thrown or flushed away they end up in the sea. They may take decades or even centuries to break down.
What Can We Do?By changing how much plastic we use in everyday life, and reusing the plastic items we already have, we can make a significant dent in the amount of plastic, and overall waste, we are throwing out and pouring into our oceans.
Environmentally ConsciousApproximately A move towards more environmentally conscious products would see greater reduction in the negative impacts on the planet. If you are using products sourced without damaging the environment, that are then biodegradable and doesn't leave a harmful lasting legacy, then you reduce the damage you cause on the planet as a whole.
Global ImpactThe health of the oceans affects us all as the water supply gets into rivers, makes and the food chain all over the world. Toxic plastic particles from one part of the world not only affects the local region, but also has a knock-on impact globally.
Make The ChangeWith Making the change today will have an immediate impact in cutting down on your own waste output and slowing the tide of plastic building up on our shores and in our oceans. The ethics behind My Little Panda are all about sustainability and touching the Earth gently and we want to help others with that goal too. You can buy natural cutlery from here.