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Food Wrappers and Cigarette Butts Become the Most Common Ocean Trash

by Lillian Santos
Plastic beverage bottles are one of the common trash on the beach. The United Nations calls on humanity to attach importance to marine conservation. (Photo via The CTP News)

In the 2019 International Coastal Ocean Cleanup event, food wrappers and cigarette butts became the most numerous items in ocean trash. Ocean Conservancy calls on people to jointly solve the ocean plastic crisis and strive for a trash-free ocean.

New York (The CTP News) – Plastic wrapping paper enables humans to carry food conveniently. The International Coastal Cleanup Report pointed out that in the 2019 International Coastal Ocean Cleanup activities, Food wrappers, cigarette butts, and plastic beverage bottles are the leading marine garbage projects. From these data, it is not difficult to find that as long as humans actually throw rubbish into the trash can, the amount of rubbish in the sea will be greatly reduced.

Plastic trash is one of the pollution sources of oceans. It not only causes marine life to die by accidental eating or being entangled but also may endanger human health. A large number of poorly managed plastic trash enter the environment of oceans every year, unable to be decomposed by bacteria, and eventually become microplastics (plastic fragments less than 5 mm, or about 0.2 inches, in diameter). The American Chemical Society (ACS) report stated that The researchers analyzed 47 human tissue samples by mass spectrometry, and these samples were found to have monomers or plastic constituents. Animals and humans can ingest the particles, with uncertain health consequences.

The report published by Ocean Conservancy pointed out that food wrappers were the most common waste in the International Coastal Ocean Cleanup in 2019, with nearly 9.42 million kg collected worldwide. Food wrappers and cigarette butts are the top two in the ranking of marine garbage, with a total of almost 9 million pieces. From these data, it is not difficult to find that as long as humans throw rubbish into the trash can and do not litter cigarette butts everywhere, the amount of rubbish in the sea will be greatly reduced.

50% of the Earth’s oxygen and most living things come from the ocean, but human pollution and destruction caused 90% of significant fish populations to deplete and 50% of coral reefs destroyed. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged: “As we work to end the pandemic and build back better, we have a once in a generation opportunity-and responsibility-to correct our relationship with the natural world, including the world’s seas and oceans.”

The ocean covers more than 70% of the earth and supports the life of mankind and all other creatures on the earth. Humans have the responsibility to protect the ocean and maintain ecological balance. The marine conservation group-Blue Ocean recommends the following ten things:

1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption.
2. Make safe, sustainable seafood choices.
3. Use fewer plastic products.
4. Help take care of the beach
5. Don’t purchase items that exploit marine life
6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
7. Support organizations working to protect the ocean
8. Influence community change through your choices.
9. Travel the ocean responsibly
10. Say no to dolphin shows.

Through various activities and knowledge sharing, people’s awareness of the environmental protection of the ocean has been raised. Many governments and environmental groups hold activities such as beach cleaning and charitable running, hoping to take this opportunity to call on mankind to protect the ocean, understand the rich value of the ocean, and attach importance to issues such as global pollution and excessive consumption of fish resources.

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