Plastic is rubbish - and that rubbish is consuming a part of the ocean the size of South Australia.
Every sample of water taken in and around the area had measures of plastic contained in it. Plastic is toxic and those toxins are ingested by fish, which we eat. This is not only a threat to us but also to marine life.
Everyone should be aware of plastic and it’s dangers. You should stop using it in the microwave and if you do continue to use it, make sure it’s BPA free.
If you wanted to do one thing to help the environment, try going a year without buying bottled water. Get yourself a stainless steel, reusable water bottle and fill up on tap or filtered water. Keep it in the fridge and it’s just as tasty. You’ll also be saving money.
Over 400,000 barrels of oil is used per year in Australia to manufacture plastic for bottles, and only 30% of the bottles are recycled.
There are around 200 billion litres of bottled water consumed globally with a cost estimate of $100 billion dollars. Tap water is far more energy efficient.
Want to know more? Check out Seirra Club’s fact sheet on bottled water.