Let’s talk about these balloons! The super cute shiny number and letter balloons you see all over Instagram. I totally get the appeal of these things, they’re trendy and fun and make for a cute birthday insta, but they’re not so great when you find one in the middle of the ocean. .
I went out for a training session on one of our boats today and we found one of these balloons floating a couple miles off shore. Luckily we were able to recover it and properly dispose of it back on land but let’s talk about what would’ve happened if we didn’t find it.
So these balloons are made up of three different layers: first a layer of a polyethylene plastic, next a layer of nylon (also plastic), and finally a metallic layer made of aluminum. So just like any plastic in the ocean, the first two plastic layers would stick around forever, eventually breaking apart into microplastics, the most widespread form of marine debris. The aluminum layer, if it managed to separate from the plastic layers would take 200 years to fully degrade, but since it’s fused to the plastic layers, it would likely stick around for a lot longer than that. In the mean time there would be plenty of time for marine organisms to get caught in or ingest the balloon, both of which could be fatal. .
Additionally, balloon manufacturing is often pretty environmentally unfriendly and if the chemicals used in the metallization step aren’t properly disposed of, they can be pretty toxic to plants and wildlife. Not to mention helium, the gas most of these balloons are filled with. There’s a worldwide helium shortage and it’s getting harder and harder to find helium for the things that really need it, like MRIs and computer hard drives. .
So maybe think twice before buying these balloons for your next celebration. Or at the very least make sure they don’t get blown away and be sure to properly dispose of them in the trash. Link in my bio for more info about the environmental impact of balloons.
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🚨GIVE AWAY! 🚨
We’re kicking off FloWater’s 5 days of giveaways! For the next two weeks only we will be giving away some of our favorite sustainable items, that also make great gifts for the planet loving person in your life! Today marks the first day, and we are giving away a FloWater t-shirt or tank top, made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles AND a pair of FloWater crew socks.
TO ENTER: 💧Follow @myflowater 💧Tag three of your friends in the comments
Winners for each day will be announced the following day. Stay tuned on our feed for more amazing prizes!
Laviamo i panni sporchi in pubblico, va!
Non solo acquistare, ma anche mantenere i propri vestiti ha un impatto. Andiamo a vedere nel dettaglio di cosa si tratta.
Prima di tutto, che tipologia di detersivo utilizzate? Quelli tradizionali contengono infatti diversi ingredienti nocivi per l‘ambiente. Inoltre pensiamo al packaging!
Preferite contenitori riciclabili (andate a dare un‘occhiata al simbolo in fondo al flacone) oppure cercate delle opzioni di refill. In Ticino alcune farmacie e supermercati lo offrono (p.es. La Crai) oppure andate al @negozioleggero di Lugano per tantissimi prodotti buonissimi e sfusi!
Di sicuro avrete già visto qualche video raccapricciante sulle isole di plastica che si accumulano negli oceani, ma c‘è un problema più incisivo e *ahimè* invisibile: le microfibre. Sono piccoli pezzetti di plastica che provengono dalla frammentazione dei rifiuti. Ma soprattutto vengono rilasciati dal lavaggio di materiali di origine plastica - poliammide, come ad esempio tutti i capi prodotti in poliestere. (Vedi video by @storyofstuff )
Soluzione? Impegnarsi a ridurre il consumo di plastica, anche perché diciamocelo se me magno uno spaghetto allo scoglio voglio le cozze ma non il PET.
Idee regalo: la borsa per il bucato guppy friends washing bag o la @thecoraball che trattengono le microplastiche durante i lavaggi dei vostri capi.
🇦🇺🙌🏻 Grosser Erfolg in #Australien
In #DownUnder werden heute 80 Prozent weniger Plastiksäckchen benutzt als noch vor drei Monaten.
Nicht die Regierung war für den Wandel verantwortlich, sondern die zwei grössten Anbieter. Woolworths und Coles beschlossen gemeinsam, dass es in ihren Filialen keine Einwegplastiktüten mehr gibt.
Die australischen #Shopper waren erst gar nicht überzogen davon, das sie jetzt plötzlich für Tüten bezahlen müssen. Coles gab daraufhin bekannt, wiederverwendbare Tüten gratis abzugeben. ∙
Hut ab, so muss das gehen 🙌🏻
Fish in tropical areas (such as coral reefs) are endangered massively by plastic pollution. They can get caught in plastic debris and suffocate, or digest plastic. Plastic also kills coral reefs, which is what many of these beautiful creatures call their home. It is not fair on them that humans pollute and kill their home. It must stop. #saveourplasticplanet
Ever thought about the idea of ‘travelling slowly’?! It’s kind of like taking a road trip with a few extra transitions and modes of transport!!
@missemilypenn decided that planes were not for her, so she travelled from London to Shanghai, via land. Using cars, trains, horses and donkey’s ✌🏼☺️
Emily also decided to hitchhike from the UK to Australia...what she learnt along the way changed her life forever!
What was meant to be a career being an Architect, has evolved into her becoming an earth changer and ocean conservationist!
Watch this space for the full Podcast launching on Wednesday!
Every year, eight million tons of #plastic waste flows into our oceans. Over time, sunlight and wave action break down these waterborne plastics into smaller and smaller pieces, called #microplastics .
These tiny particles have been found in drinking water, beer, table salt, and (unsurprisingly) seafood. Earlier this year, scientists discovered evidence of microplastics in human faeces. We're literally consuming the plastic garbage from years gone by. Just #saynotoplastic !
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One of the more unusual spontaneous cleanups I’ve done!
Walking through the park, I spotted something glistening in the sun and on closer inspection saw another item and another and another ... Thanks to my 2.5 year old sidekick and his love of all things shiny, I think we got the lot.
It’s awesome that Darwin has so many outdoor activities for kids but a huge shame when things get left behind for the wildlife to investigate and possibly nibble on or take home.
Instead, all of this has come home with us. Time to put my creative cap on and what we don’t use right now, will go into the busy box.
Researchers have found small synthetic fibres in the guts of every one of the 102 sea turtles they studied: more than 800 particles in all, and they only looked at a part of each gut. The total present, they suspect, was as much as 20 times higher.⠀
And the problem is widespread. The turtles were from seven species and three parts of the world: off North Carolina, US, in the Atlantic Ocean, Northern Cyprus in the Mediterranean, and off Queensland.⠀
The most common particles were fibres, which can come from such diverse sources as clothing, tyres, cigarette filters, ropes and fishing nets.⠀
📸: Kwangmoozaa/Getty Images⠀
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Ever wonder what happens to the lost balloons from that party?... they end up in the middle of pristine forests to eventually be washed into the ocean where sea turtles and sea horses choke on them and die. Or they float along until they break up into microplastics and are ingested by the tuna that you are currently eating. That’s right. They made it all the way back to the tuna casserole at your next party! 🎈 🎉
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) survey, microplastic waste of about 90 aircraft carriers is flowed into the ocean every year. These broken plastics that cannot be broken down are eaten by animals. It is extremely difficult to be cleaned up. Marine life can get caught and be killed.
So I made this website. After entering the website, you became a salvager who salvage these dead animals. You have to give them a death notice.
The notice is written like this:
commonly known as the sea pig, live on deep ocean bottoms, passed away unpeacefully at deep sea bed on Tuesday 27th November 2018 age 9 month. According to the body that was salvaged, it can be determined that the murderer is a Coca-Cola bottle that is broken down into micro-plastics.
It will be sadly missed by its family, deep sea friends and its lover.
As a salvage, I wrote down this death notice.
I hope paradise has no plastic.’ #webdesign#noaa#microplastics#seaanimals#kill#marinelife#plastic#c4d#graphicdesign#plasticintheocean
Successful dog #plalk today - that’s if success means pulling another small bag of trash/plastic out of the #waterways and ocean. The #Rowanator and I went dog #plalking here in #tkpk just in the neighborhood and most of what we grabbed was in the street at the curb, which means it travels down the system all the way to end up in the ocean. The #Rowanator tells us how and what we found in this video. #citizenscience#stoptheplasticwave#oceanresilience#resilience#resilientcities#precovery#precoverymindset
What we saw today was a good example of what travels from where we are as far away as the shores of Scotland but also litters the beaches, sea floor and floating garbage patches in locations near and far. In our clean up a few months ago, we saw many of these same objects and pieces of them broken down on the banks of the islands in the #Anacostia . We need to be smarter about our production amounts and types, purchasing power and the waste and recycling systems, even as we continue clean up.
The just released report on what’s in the gut of turtles worldwide is staggering. 7 species in the Atlantic, Pacific and Med - all turtles tested had some #plastics , in this case mostly black and blue #plasticbasedfibers , but there was some #microplastics . Every single turtle in the sampling. We can do better.
What a beautiful day for a beach clean! This morning we got together with our friends @asociacion_ondine and their program, Dos Manos, to clean part of the beach here in Port de Pollença. Although our beach is relatively clean in comparison to many, we only had to scratch beneath the surface to find micro plastics and other unwanted rubbish (cigarette butts are everywhere) just *not* wasting away. It's a sad reality but there's still time to do something about it. Let's try rethinking the way we interact with our surroundings (and dispose of things properly) and try to avoid plastics where possible. Effective little changes we could all make in 2019: * Recycle/reuse/donate
* Use a bag for life.
* Use a refillable bottle/reusable straw. * Only ever put the 3 P's in the toilet: Pee, Poop & Paper (not including wet wipes of any kind).
* Use a bamboo toothbrush.
* Replace kitchen sponges for a wooden brush with organic fibres/coconut husk 'sponge' or old cotton towels (all biodegradable or compostable). #beachclean#microplastics#plasticpollution#newyearsresolution#saynotoplastic#everylittlehelps#thetramuntanaway#portdepollença#mallorca#mallorca2018#missiondeepblue
Beautiful perranporth scattered with #microplastics , #fishingnet and #plastic 💔 This year buy local eco friendly presents that are truly needed and wrap them in recyclable paper (don't use selotape but string instead)! 🌲
Helping out with a beach clean-up initiative to not only pick up garbage but also clean up micro-plastic.
I was shocked how much plastic particles were hidden in the sand. Especially because this beach seems pretty pristine in comparison to other countries or bigger beaches. However when we started sieving the sand every batch had at least a couple of particles micro plastic, from small white balls to red, blue, blank and green small pieces of plastic. Plus SO MANY cigarette butts.
Today certainly changed my view on our plastic problem and how pervasive it is. This is not the kind of world we want to pass on to our children. 💗
#Repost@greenpeace with @download_repost
Whales are increasingly at risk from microplastics in the oceans, according to a new study. Species such as whale sharks and basking sharks, which feed through filtering seawater for plankton, are ingesting the tiny particles of indigestible plastic which are swimming in oceans around the world. Some of these species have evolved to swallow hundreds or even thousands of cubic metres of seawater a day, but taking in microplastic can block their ability to absorb nutrients, and may have toxic side-effects.
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