The next time you bite into your favorite ocean-sourced fish please think about this, could you be ingesting plastic?
ON AVERAGE 35% OF THE FISH HAD 2+ PIECES OF FISH IN THEIR STOMACHS. The worst example was with lanternfish that eat plankton. One of these fish had as many as 83 plastic fragments in its stomach.
Is this the “canary in the mine” regarding the growing reports of plastic accumulation in our oceans? Today 1 billion people depend upon sea food as the principle food source in their diet. Plastics plus overfishing threatens an entire industry and a key food supply.
In terms of plastics, we have the ability to stop this growing issue. Here’s what you can do:
- STOP using plastic bags for carrying things you buy. OK, use plastic bags if you must to contain certain food items. But overall, just start using carry bags. I did this about 2 years. At first, it was hard to remember. Today, piece of cake. Image how this simple step could make a huge difference in our oceans and our consumption of foreign oil which is the raw material source for making those plastic bags.
- Stop drinking out of plastic bottles. Use mental bottles to carry your water and fruit juices. And guess what, if you stop using plastic bottles you will probably really cut your consumption of soda. So this is a double win. Less plastic and less consumption of something that health experts are increasingly pointing towards as a factor in our country’s growth in obesity and diabetes.
Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017 that publishes insights on the emerging smart, healthy and green economy. Bill is also the author of The Secret Green Sauce of Best Practices for making money going green.