PLASTIC SOUP = POISONOUS SOUP!
More and more plastic waste is ending up in our oceans and seas. Due to the effects of weathering, sunlight and wave action, this plastic reduces to smaller particles. This leads to serious pollution. The oceans occupy 72% of the earth’s surface and they are our principal source of oxygen.
Plastic in ocean environments is deadly for many marine animals. Plastic does not degrade biologically.
As a result of the breakdown and fragmentation of plastic into smaller particles, ocean water has been transformed into a sort of global microplastic soup or Plastic Soup. In addition, toxins are released from the plastic. All sorts of organisms living in or off the sea – even the smallest of zooplankton – mistakenly take in plastic debris and microplastic for food.
This results in the often toxic waste to enter our food chain.
For more than half the world’s population, oceans provide the principal source of food. Plastic marine pollution can be seriously damaging to our health. The origin of most of this pollution is traced to land sources. Plastic waste is dumped by industries and cities and finds its way to the sea via rivers, canals and harbors.
Also responsible are ships, fisheries and off-shore industries.
Against this backdrop, the Plastic Soup Foundation (PSF) wants to bring a halt to the increasing plastic pollution of marine environments. The intent of the PSF is to strongly encourage that no more plastic is dumped or drained into the sea.