In a press release by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), it was announced that 89 percent of the plastic in the ocean is singe-use plastic items such as plastic straws, bags, and disposable utensils.
The data was collected by extensive research including more than 5,000 dives that collected 3,000 pieces of man-made debris.
As well, the press release discussed how plastic pollution is now reaching deeper ocean locations than ever including plastic bags in the Marina Trench, which is the deepest area in the world’s oceans.
Plastic pollution in the ocean has recently been found to be much bigger than previously thought and plastic is on pace to outweigh fish by 2050 in the ocean. More governments have started to attempt to tackle the issue as country-wide plastic bans have started to be rolled out more frequently. UNEP pointed out that plastic can last for thousands of years on Earth and leads to the death of many animals as it is often found in the stomach of marine animals.
We can all start making a difference by saying to single-use plastic, promote brands that do not use single-use plastic and write your representatives to ensure they acknowledge the problem and want to do something about it.