Can our oceans be saved from plastic?

As I was thinking about our next topic, I watched Boyan Slat’s inspirational video on Ted Talks. I was very moved by his initiative and determination to make a change in the world.

Since Boyan’s speech, did you know that new research estimates over five trillion plastic weighing over 268,000 tons of plastic is floating at sea? The floating plastics can be found in small or large microplastics. As the article suggests external factors such as plastic degradation and/or sinking can impact these findings, however plastic manufacturing must be considered as well. (Eriksen, Lebreton, Carson, Thiel, Moore, Borerro, Galgani, Ryan, Reisser, 2014) In 2012 Plastic Europe reported the production of 288 million tons of plastic worldwide. (Plastic Europe, 2013)

Reiser states that “saw turtles that ate plastic bags and fish that ingested fishing lines. Since “bigger fish eat the little fish…they end up on our plates.” So how do you feel about what you’ve read? Does it impact our life? I would say most definitely!

What is there to do? Will you consider bioplastics products?


I encourage you to do so! Let’s be part of a sustainable living!

Work Cited:

Eriksen M., Lebreton L. C. M., Carson H. S., Thiel M., Moore C. J., Borerro J. C., Galgani F., Ryan P. G., Reisser J. (2014) Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighining over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea. PLoS One 9(12): e111913. Doi: 101371/journal.pone.0111913

Plastics Europe (2013) Plastics-the facts 2013: An analysis of European latest plastics production, demand, and waste data. Available: Accessed 15 December 2014.

How the oceans can clean themselves: Boyan Slat at TEDxDelft. Online Video Clip. YouTube. YouTube, 24 Oct. 2012. Web 15 December 2014.

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