Have you ever heard of the term plastic soup? Doesn’t sound very appetising, does it? Plastic soup is a big problem that we have to deal with. The issue is increasing on a daily basis, endangering our system, animals and our health.
What is plastic soup?
Plastic soup is a huge accumulation of plastic waste that’s been thrown away and has ended up in the ocean. As plastic does not degrade biologically, the plastic soup keeps growing in mass. The biggest concentration in the world was found in the North Pacific gyre, where actual islands of plastic have formed. And it’s growing drastically. Due to the effects of sunlight, changing weather conditions and the strength of the waves amongst other things, the piles of plastic debris reduce to tiny particles that pollute the majority of our oceans.
What are the effects of plastic soup?
Due to the fragmentation of plastic and the increase of small plastic particles, the ocean is slowly but surely transforming into a big polluted plastic soup. As a result, toxins and other poisonous gasses that the plastic pieces pick up on their way to the ocean (think of sewers) are releasing from the particles and are spreading widely. Our marine animals and all other living organisms tend to mistake plastic for food and end up eating debris. Unconsciously they also ingest the microplastic that’s floating around in their habitat. That way the toxins and plastic particles also end up on our own plates. Plastic soup can therefore also seriously damage our health on land. Other marine animals, like seals, whales, dolphins and sea turtles get stuck in pieces of plastic soup and end up dying on the spot. This poisonous waste only causes destruction and pollution and needs to be tackled as soon as possible.
How can we prevent the increase of plastic soup?
We are the ones that are causing the plastic soup, so we should also be the ones to solve it. It may seem like you, as a single person, won’t make much of a difference, but we have to start somewhere. Baby steps in the right direction. And while you’re working on a better planet, try to spread awareness so the people around you learn about the increase and the dangers of plastic soup and hopefully they will join you in your actions to reduce plastic waste. It’s the little things that can be of a major help in this cause. Make sure to not buy any disposable plastic bags in the grocery store anymore. Instead, bring your own shopping bags, preferably ones made out of fabric. Also take some smaller reusable bags to put your fruits in. Make sure to have a couple in your car, so you always have some with you. Also, try to reduce the use of disposable products like plastic straws, cotton swabs, makeup wipes and other kinds of cleaning wipes. Encourage the brands that have chosen to wrap their products in environment-friendly packaging (such as paper or cardboard) and buy their products instead of the brands’ that still use plastic packaging. Unfortunately, sometimes you have no choice because every product you need is wrapped in plastic. In those cases, make sure to properly recycle the plastic bits..
Waste2Wear is against plastic soup
We founded Waste2Wear to make it a little easier for you to fight the increase of plastic soup. We collect plastic waste and turn it into yarn that can be used to create fabrics for .