Plastic is a fantastic material. Really! But we are using it in a inconsiderate and reckless manner. Every day 8 million pieces of plastic end up in our oceans.

The majority of debris in the ocean is plastic – and on the beaches almost 80% of the litter is plastic.

Most of us have already seen the devastating images of marine life; turtles, birds, whales and more being tangled up in lines, six-pack-holders, and on and on.

One thing you can do, is to say no – or ask for alternatives – to single use plastic. Especially when visiting beach resorts and the likes. It takes no more than a wind gust to carry the cup/straw/bottle into the ocean – even when properly discarded into a waste bin.

Politely refusing a straw or a plastic teaspoon helps put focus on the problem and create a demand for safe alternatives.

Author: Ditte

As a biologist I started my career as a safari tour guide in Tanzania and Kenya. Later I worked for the UN a couple of times, and and lately for a sustainability NGO. I love to travel both professionally and with my family.

Ditte

As a biologist I started my career as a safari tour guide in Tanzania and Kenya. Later I worked for the UN a couple of times, and and lately for a sustainability NGO. I love to travel both professionally and with my family.

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