Plastic …the never ending pollution

Written By : Walkerbay Dive School
February 12, 2020

Being young means having no worries in the world, it means running around in fields and playing outside in the rain….but not for the new generation.

Plastic is everywhere you look, not only the straws and the cups and polystyrene that pollutes our oceans, but in everyday items that we use such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants and soaps. The biggest pollution problem is unfortunately micro plastics. Micro plastics are the small things that people miss and walk past in the streets, the pieces of plastic that are on bottles and the earbuds we use with the plastic tubing.

Recycling only goes to a certain point, many times the recyclable material like cans and milk bottles can’t be recycled when there are food or other liquids inside of them, most of these items end up back on the trash heap and influence the wildlife. Birds and other small animals get trapped and killed by all the plastic that they consume but also by the dangerous plastics such as the rings around bottles.

Every day we use plastic, when we pick up our phone or go drive around in our cars, we always have plastic with us or around us. Not only can the plastic cause problems but products such as soaps can cause major pollution issues revolving around sea life and coral growth. Every time people wash their hands with a non-biodegradable soap it washes into the water systems that end up back in the sea. Having bio digradable soaps and shampoos makes it gentle on the enviroment as well as your own body. No harsh chemicals are added, this makes the soaps enviromentally friendly and makes it usable anywhere from rivers to the seas.

What Can We Do??

Start small, it may sound like cliché but to start small may actually make a big difference. As silly as it sounds you can walk along the beach and see the amount of cigarette buds everywhere, pick up those buds, even fishing line that some fishermen discard right next to the bins. For South Africans its becoming friendlier to go do grocery shopping, when you buy vegetables, you don’t have to put them in the plastic bags, you can take it separately to the cashier just like a farmers market.

Take the plastic rings around all the plastic bottles and cut them so it does not end up around the seabirds neck/ around turtles. The caps can be taken back and can be dropped off at stores that reuse them or recycle them in the correct way.

Toothbrushes you can buy for cheap, but they are not biodegradable, now you can buy wooden toothbrushes and use it with biodegradable toothpaste. This goes hand in hand with floss that can be disposed of and also be biodegradable. When using normal toothpaste you flush it down the drain, it goes into the sea and the harsh chemicals build up and damage not just the coral but fish wildlife etc.

How do we help the eco systems and how do we start giving back?

Helping the eco systems can be done by not only planting more trees, but starting to recycle and going green, get a fuel friendly car that does not use excessive amounts. Start using your feet and walking to shopping malls or to coffee shops, do not use the straws but rather buy yourself a bamboo reusable straw or a metal one that you can wash and reuse.

Plastic is not a problem … it is an obstacle that can be overcome, join us in making our planet green and make our planet clean!