Plastic has been found in the deepest trenches of the ocean, proving there is no where on our to hide from plastic.
Plastic has become a staple in our everyday life and it should come as no surprise that we are to find it in the most unlikely of places including the deepest parts of our oceans.
While exploring the Mariana Trench, Japan, Izu-Bonin Trench, Peru-Chile, New Hebrides and Kermadec Trenches across the Pacific, researchers from New Castle University in the UK discovered plastics ingested by deep-sea creatures in every single one.
Led by Dr Alan Jamieson, the team studied 90 crustaceans from the trenches that are 7-10 kilometers (4.3-6.2 miles) deep and found fragments of synthetic fibers including Rayon and Lyocell, which are microfibers used in the production of Nylon, polyamide, polyethylene, and PVC.
Th team used deep-sea “landers” to explore the deepest parts of the ocean, including the Challenger Deep, the deepest known place on Earth at 10,916 meters (35,814 feet).
The studies found that the consumption of plastic varied between trenches but was present in all.
The revelation from this study is that there is no part of the ocean that is free from the plastic we have created. Plastic was first created in 1907 and since then, the debris and trash created from it, has affected every part of our world in such a short span.
Ongoing studies are continuing to try to discover how much animals are affected by plastics although initial reports and findings suggest it has become deadly.