A recent study from the University of California shows that on average, synthetic fleece jackets release 1.7 grams of microfiber each wash. This is getting into our ocean, which fish absorb, eat or inhale. When fish do this, it's in their blood stream. When fishermen catch the fish that have microfibers in their body, they cook it and serve it to you. Then, the toxins that were in the fish are now in you when you eat it. Abigail Barrows, principal investigator of the Global Microplastics Initiative, took almost 2,000 aquatic samples from the ocean. Out of the 2,000 she took, about 90% of the debris from the ocean was microfibers.
Plastic bags are more and more of a threat to our environment. Sea animals get tangled up in bags and could choke on it and get greatly injured. Multiple local towns have banned plastic bags as an act to stop this. However, not all places are anti-plastic. Some people agree on the claim that plastic bag usage is helpful to humanity and will continue to use plastic bags. Estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion bags are used each year, while almost 6 trillion plastic bags end up in the ocean.
In September alone, 2.3 million single-use plastic straws were permanently removed form the city. On the launch of Strawless In Seattle, the Mayor of Seattle announced that in July, 2018 Seattle will become the largest metropolitan city to ban the single-use plastic straw.
It is our goal to bring awareness to our peers about how important recycling is to our oceans. To help each of us realize we as one can make a difference. And to get the word out, we can make one change that will make a difference.