Super informative #repost
from Global Ambassador @harpseal111
!! As a consumer this festive season, try to make conscious choices for our big blue planet 🙌🏼🌏💙 ——————————————— It is estimated that America uses 500 MILLION plastic straws DAILY. In the ocean, straws begin to break down into smaller micro-plastics but they never fully biodegrade. That means these smaller plastics will remain in our oceans for centuries & we have recently seen them starting to turn up in our fish, water, & salt. How can you help? Buy a reusable straw, use paper straws, or just go strawless 🥤NOW, everybody knows that #StrawsSuck
thanks to recent plastic straw bans BUT did you know that they only account for .03% of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? What is the bigger threat in ocean pollution? FISHING GEAR 🐟 Abandoned fishing gear, also known as ghost nets, account for 46% of ocean pollution in the GPGP. Each year about 700,000 tons of ghost gear builds up in our oceans. These nets are extremely detrimental to our oceans bc they continue to trap, entangle, & kill marine life. These nets can also drift to coastal areas where they smother reefs & kill live coral •• How can we help with this problem? Well, ghost gear can’t really be fixed the same way plastic straws can & that’s why it’s more frustrating. One way to help prevent ghost gear is to cut back on consuming fish. If we cut down on the demand then we cut down on the chances of this gear ending up abandoned 🤙🏼 You can also donate & support projects for divers cleaning up ghost nets. Some companies have even started to make clothes & swimsuits out of ghost nets! We are working hard to see a change & that change starts with each one of us #bethechange
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