Over 100,000 Marine Dwellers are killed each year as a result of plastic entanglement or ingestion
Plastic straws are One of the top 10 items found in beach clean-ups…
In 2015 a Male Olive Ridley Sea Turtle – classified Vulnerable — was discovered in waters in between Playa Nancite (Santa Rosa National Park) and Playa Cabuyal, off the Pacific shore of Costa Rica.
Usually a wonderful sight, this poor guy was clearly distressed and the team found him to have a 4 inch plastic straw lodged up his nostril and reaching down his throat, inhibiting his breathing and sense of smell and making eating very uncomfortable.
BOO for (Plastic) BAGS
A DEAD TURTLE IN HAWAII WAS FOUND TO HAVE INGESTED OVER 1000 PIECES OF PLASTIC.
50-80% of dead Sea Turtles are found to have ingested plastic bags, turtles will often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. This mistake causes blockages within their digestive system and eventual death.
Approximately 51 trillion microscopic pieces of plastic, weighing 269,000 tons, pollute our oceans. That is about the same as 1345 adult blue whales and 500 times the number of stars in our galaxy.
97.5% of Dead Laysan albatross chicks had plastic in their stomachs, An estimated 5 tons of plastic are fed to albatross chicks each year at Midway Atoll.
The plastic included bottle tops, cigarette lighters, confetti. Many birds accidentally eat plastic floating in the ocean, mistaking it for food, this is intensified for the Laysan albatross because of the way they skim the surface of the water with their beak to catch food. Along the way, they accidentally scoop up floating plastic, and feed to their chicks. Adult Albatross can regurgitate plastic when swallowed, but chicks are unable to, so it fills up their stomachs.
Cuvier’s whale found with 4kg (over half a stone) of plastic bags in his stomach
In 2015, a 20ft Beaked Cuvier whale was found washed up on the coast of the Isle of Skye. The whale was examined on site and found to have 4KG of plastic bags, including bin liners, freezer bags and zip bags, in his guts causing blockages and pain.
On examination it was noted that “The plastic had irritated and inflamed the whale’s stomach and intestinal walls, the plastic impaction was very significant and likely very sore, causing him to drift into shallow waters and live strand”
Researchers believe whales are eating plastic bags because their sonar mistakes them for squid.
WHAT CAN I DO?
It may feel like the problem is that big that actions we as individuals take will not have an impact. Or you might think to yourself, I’m one tiny person, if I drop this bottle in Dalton-In-Furness what harm can I really do?
But, think of it this way….there are over 7 billion people in this world, if everyone was to drop that bottle it’s 7 billion bottles……choosing to use a refillable bottle means how many billion bottles less …..We can all take small steps towards reducing our carbon footprint
- Carry reusable cutlery with you, eliminating the need for using plastic cutlery.
- Take your own shopping bags to the supermarket – A single-use plastic bag can take between 100 and 300 years to break down.
- Think about packaging – loose/ self-service fruit and veg use less plastic packaging than prepacked (plus you get to pick it for yourself!)
- Carry a reusable thermos cup or reusable bottle for take-out drinks – a plastic bottle can last for 450 years, that’s a lot of years to potentially pollute the oceans
- DON’T FORGET TO RECYCLE!!!!
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
It is part of CZCL’s ethos to reduce our carbon footprint.
So far we have;
- Substituted Individual plastic milk cartons with insulated flasks
- Substituted Individual portioned condiments with refillable and reusable containers
- Substituted Plastic Coffee Stirrers with Compostable Wooden Coffee Stirrers
- Substituted Disposable Plastic cutlery with Metal and/or Compostable Wooden Cutlery
- Substituted plastic sauce and “side” pots with reusable ramekins
- Substituted polystyrene take away trays with Palm Leaf plates
- Removed individual plastic straws
- Reused packaging from deliveries to wrap breakable purchases from our Gift Shop
In the coming months you will see more eco-friendly choices for takeaway food packaging.