If we are going to reduce the plastic in our oceans, we need to address “Ocean Bound Plastic.”
This ECO WATCH guide to ocean plastics provides a helpful overview of the issue, its impacts, and potential solutions.
“Ocean bound plastic is plastic waste that is headed toward our oceans.
Addressing ocean bound plastic is a key element to ocean conservation. Around 80% of plastic in the ocean can be sourced back to ocean bound plastic. Plastics that end up near bodies of water such as rivers are at risk of ending up in the ocean. Other plastic can reach the sea through sewage systems or storms. For example, in 2011, after the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami and earthquake hit Japan, around 5 million tons of debris ended up in the ocean. Some of the debris sank while some ended up on the U.S. west coast. Additionally, trash and plastic can come from ships or offshore platforms. However, decades ago, countries dumped their waste directly into the sea. In the U.S. this was outlawed in 1988 in the Ocean Dumping Ban Act of 1988.
Plastic waste is a huge threat to our Earth, and diverting ocean bound plastic is one way we can do better to help the environment.”
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