Calling Ocean Lovers, Sea Seekers, and All Others!
Garbage is on the rise and swiftly making new places to call its home. Unfortunately, one of those places includes our beautiful oceans. With plastic trash becoming a trend in the consumer market, the ocean and all that live in it are quickly seeing a new state of being: polluted. Whether collecting as a plastic “soup” in the gyres or concentrating toxins in the tissues of fish, we see a human decision becoming an environmental problem. New Ocean Blue is here to work with you to reevaluate and act on this problem in order to make the bodies of water covering 70% of our Earth blue again!
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Fun (and Sad) Facts about Garbage Patches and Plastic:
“Garbage Patches” form due to currents in the water caused by the earth’s rotation.
Plastic is photodegradable, not biodegradable. This means that the sun can break the plastic into smaller and smaller plastic particles, but plastic can never degrade all the way into a natural, harmless substance.
Compostable plastics will not compost unless they are in proper conditions. Even if they are, compostable plastics take months to break down.
Many people believe garbage patches are garbage islands. This, however, is false. In fact, the areas of the garbage patches with a high concentration of plastic (i.e. a lot of plastic in those areas) contain water that looks as if someone had thrown plastic confetti in the water. Some call it a plastic soup.
About 2 million plastic water bottles are used every 5 minutes in North America as depicted in this photo by Chris Jordan. Click here to view the photo.
Plastic bags are the number one consumer item.
Plastic attracts extremely harmful chemicals that are unfortunately present in our oceans such as DDT, pesticides, etc. Since plastics are lipophilic (and have the ability to dissolve in fats/oils), they bring the harmful chemicals along into the body of the animal that ingested the plastic. This causes damage to the body and the health of the animal.