Startling New Research on Plastic in the Oceans

Startling New Research on Plastic in the Oceans

It's 'old news' to us that plastics pollution is a big problem in the world's oceans, but even we were surprised, shocked, and saddened yesterday to hear the news from Newcastle University's latest research. It seems there is nowhere in the world safe from plastic pollution - even tiny creatures living at the bottom of the Mariana Trench have ingested microplastics.

It can be easy to feel despair at news like this, so we've put together a short list of things we can all do to help turn the situation around and work towards a better future for our planet:

- keep up the pressure on governments to ban single-use plastics and microplastics - this can be as individuals or thorugh supporting organisations who campaign in this area

- make conscious decisions, every time we shop, to avoid or minimise single use plastics

- spend our money with businesses who show they care about the environment

- use eco-friendly cotton or canvas bags to carry your shopping instead of single use plastic ones!

- contribute to projects such as Marine Conservation Society's Bottle Sightings project - reporting data like this helps organisations prove to government and businesses that not only is there a problem, but that people care about the problem and want it to be fixed.

Every little bit of help we can give as individuals makes a difference to the future. What would you add to our list?

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