BLOG SURF: Plastic threats

Plastic is perhaps one of the most useful inventions.

We use plastic in almost every aspects of our lives: plastic bottles to hold our drinking water, plastic bags for our food, even plastic particles called micro beads in our toothpaste.

Yuck, how does plastic enter our food chain? And what can we do about it? The member countries of the Coral Triangle (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste) today celebrate the 5th Annual Coral Triangle Day under the theme Save the Coral Triangle – Stop Plastic Pollution, in an attempt to raise awareness and stop the thousands of pieces of plastics that enter our oceans daily.

The pollution from plastic waste poses a threat to our marine ecosystem—from coral reefs to fishes, sea birds, and some endangered species—as well as a food security risk for communities living in coastal areas.

A single piece of plastic may contain anywhere from 30 to 100 chemicals.