Refuse and Reuse Plastic bags

small-sliderBy Donna Richardson

Plastic trash is choking our oceans, and 80% of it comes from land. A large portion of marine debris consists of plastic particles, including nurdles, pre-production microplastic resin pellets typically under 5 mm (0.20 in) in diameter found outside of the typical plastic manufacturing. Plastic particle water pollution is also referred to as mermaids’ tears. Micro-plastics entering the food chain are increasingly being found in the world’s oceans and could prove to be as harmful to marine life as larger debris like plastic bags,

turtle_plasticbag031All visitors to the Maldives, are advised to dispose of plastic bags carefully as they can harm the marine life. Years ago Maldivians used to throw away their fish bones to the sea, now it is plastic bags and locals and tourists who barbeque on the beaches are responsible for the hundreds of bags that wash up on the beach. Mountains of these bags can be found in the local islands, although The Maldives tend to burn all the rubbish transported off the resort.
When I lived in the Indian Ocean I swam with a graceful green turtle and now my friend is in danger as his staple diet is a jelly fish. As you can imagine a plastic bag in the water looks like a jelly fish. As you can imagine, turtles try to eat them and they are unable to bring them back up so they suffer a long slow and painful death. It’s not just turtles, the herons also peck up the plastic. See this poor bird’s ribcage.birdAny visitors to the local islands should refuse and reuse the plastic bags they hand out so readily and save these graceful creatures. Rise up now and take the #BetterBagChallenge to help keep plastic trash out of the Indian Ocean!

The challenge: promise not take any disposable plastic bags for a whole year. Take a better bag instead! Join

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