Turtle Bags ......... say "no" to plastic bags!
Inspired by Turtles...
These ancient creatures were around on the planet when the dinosaurs
were here. There are five species of turtles which visit us in the UK.
They travel thousands of kilometres in the summer months looking in
particular for jellyfish. The most frequently sighted turtles are the
leatherback. Tragically the biggest member of the turtle family is prone
to mistaking the discarded bags that litter the world's oceans with
jellyfish - its only source of food.
Not just Turtles ...
Plastic affects everything from tiny animals right the
way up to giant whales. In fact a sperm whale was recently found with
over 200kg of litter in its stomach, including fishing nets, plastic
bags and even a plastic comb!
The plastic bag is highly
over specified for the job for which it was designed. Required to serve
us for the hour or two it takes us to get our shopping home instead it
is expected that the bags will last for hundreds of years. The hazards
of the plastic bag do not stop with the turtles. Plastics never fully
degrade; plastic bags eventually turn into plastic “dust” which can
still be ingested by filter feeding marine animals. Plastic is highly
toxic, and toxins in filter feeders are passed up the food chain to the
fish and ultimately human consumers.
Until now, no studies were conducted on filter-feeding organisms
such as jellies, whose feeding mechanisms do not permit them to
distinguish between tiny fragments of plastic debris and plankton, and
no studies to assess potential effects on these filter-feeders. It is
now known that plastic fragments heavily impact these creatures. When
broken into smaller pieces, these tiny plastic fragments accumulate
non-water soluble toxicants such as PCB's, and pesticides such as DDT.
Plastic polymers, or tiny plastic resin pellets act
as sponges for these chemicals and other persistent organic pollutants,
concentrating such poisons up to one million times higher than their
concentration in the water as free floating subs. These toxic particles
move up the food chain form the small invertebrates and then to fish
and then return to us on our plate!
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