What is plastic pollution?
Friday 23 October 2020
It's plastic where it shouldn't be. It's in the sea and on the beach and it's causing harm.
Over 150 plastic bottles litter each mile of UK beaches. A plastic bottle can last for 450 years in the marine environment, slowly fragmenting into smaller and smaller pieces which eventually end up microscopic but never truly go away. A plastic bag is used on average for 15 minutes, yet could take 100 - 300 years to fragment.
Not all plastic is bad, it can be incredibly useful. The big problem is single-use plastics and the quantities in which they are used. We can all take a lead to reduce throwaway plastic see www.sas.org.uk/news/how-to-reduce-single-use-plastic-lessplasticplease for hints and tips.