Visual artist, editing instructor, and conceptual photographer Anya Anti recently completed her conservation project on ocean plastic pollution with the help of her Outex waterproof cases. Watch her work her magic on photo editing to illustrate her story and capture the audience's attention to promote conservation and reduce pollution.
By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. We're surrounded by plastic. While it has many valuable uses, we have become addicted to single-use or disposable plastic — with severe environmental consequences. It led to a throw-away culture and today, single-use plastics account for 40% of the plastic produced every year. Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year and then thrown away.
Plastics are inexpensive, and as a result, levels of plastic production by humans are enormous. An estimated 8 million tonnes of this plastic waste enters the Ocean every year. That’s the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world. Researchers estimate that more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s. About 60% of that plastic has ended up in either a landfill or the natural environment.
Plastic is made from petroleum. It is so durable that the EPA reports “EVERY BIT OF PLASTIC EVER MADE STILL EXISTS”. It is very slow to degrade. It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose! Over time, plastic does not biodegrade but breaks down into tiny particles known as microplastics leading to chemical contamination of the water and fish we eat. Microplastics are eaten by small marine animals and so enter the food chain ending up in human bodies! A 2017 study found that 83% of tap water samples taken around the world contained plastic pollutants. Research says YOU EAT A CREDIT CARD’S WORTH (5 grams) OF PLASTIC A WEEK! ONLY 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated, while the rest 79% has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment. Cigarette butts (whose filters contain tiny plastic fibres), drink bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, drink lids and straws are the most common type of plastic waste found in the environment. Many of us use these products every day, without even thinking about where they might end up.
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