4Ocean Bracelets and the 300 million tonnes of plastic being produced every year Posted on 6 Jul 10:53
4Ocean are a Florida based accredited company who are on a mission to clean up the ocean and coastlines by the sale of their 4Ocean Bracelets which are hand assembled in Bali from 100% recycled materials. The scale of the problem we face and the magnitude of the task that 4Ocean face has been confirmed by the Foresight Future of the Sea report from the UK Government Office for Science published on 21 March 2018.
According to the Foresight Future of the Sea report, a full copy you can download here Foresight Future of the Sea, around 70 per cent of all litter in the sea is plastic, which not only accumulates on beaches and coastlines but also clogs the digestive tracks of birds and fish. Across the globe, we are producing more than 300 million tonnes of plastic per annum, and projections suggest that the amount of plastic in the sea will treble between 2015 and 2025. This is compounded by the fact that plastic breaks down into ever smaller pieces, rather than decomposing.
Plastic pollution is an increasingly high-profile issue. Over 70 per cent of marine litter is plastic and there is extensive evidence that entanglement in, or ingestion of, plastics can cause injury and death to a wide range of marine organisms, including commercially important fish and shellfish.10 It is predicted that there will be a 3-fold increase in the amount of plastic in the sea between 2015 and 2025,10 with the full implications still unknown.
High levels of plastic pollution can affect health and wellbeing in several ways. Litter left or washed up on the coast can impact upon residents’ quality of life by reducing recreational opportunities, and can deter coastal visitors. This reduces their access to the health benefits associated with outdoor activity,33 as well as potentially affecting the tourism industry.264 A recent EU-wide survey demonstrated that over 70 per cent of visitors noticed litter on either most or every visit to the coast. In the UK during 2010 around 40 per cent of local authorities undertook beach cleaning with annual costs in the region of £15.5 million.
If you would like help combat this, then you can purchase a 4Ocean Bracelet, as every bracelet sold will not only remove 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastline but will help fund the various campaigns of their monthly environmental causes.