What else can we do to prevent ocean plastic?
There are 400,000 miles of coastline on this planet - that’s 16 times the length of the equator - and a big part of the plastic pollution is located right here at the shores.
A standard solution to prevent ocean plastic pollution and other environmental damage as efficiently as possible is cleanups: picking up leaked litter, disposing of it correctly, and stopping the ever-increasing flood of plastic into the sea. While there are already millions of tons of plastic floating on the sea’s surface, it only makes up 1% of the entire ocean plastic - 99% is hidden in the deep sea and sediments where it is hard to spot, let alone to collect.
We will have to catch it before it can even reach the deep sea. For this, we are glad to have Tridi Oasis and Green Worms (link to Tridi Oasis + Green Worms) as solid partners who regularly organize huge beach cleanup events at the shorelines of Indonesia and India.
Most of the plastic waste people find during cleanups is food wrappings, plastic bottle lids, and plastic dishes - the waste of fast-moving consumer goods that millions of people use every day.
Combining systems to improve the situation
Cynics might now claim that picking up ‘that little’ amount of trash from the environment won’t help to solve the plastic pollution at all or that it’s just a drop in a bucket.
And of course, we won’t be able to solve the problem with cleanup events alone. In the best scenario, we would close the collection gap and the waste would get collected from the households that produce it before leaking into the oceans. But as long as leaking is happening, cleanups can be a crucial part of the solution.
To get a definite handle on the problem, better recycling and collection systems are needed globally. Until that happens, everyone can play their part by producing and using less plastic all together - and collect plastic whenever they spot it in the environment.
Every single piece of plastic can make a difference.
Together, we can create a volume of collected waste that will make a change.So if you see plastic or other waste lying around outdoors - do the environment and yourself a favour - pick it up.