The regular use of plastic might truly be convenient and cheap for people. Unfortunately, it is also wrecking havoc on our environment. For instance, a so-called “sea of plastic” has been found in the Caribbean. It is reportedly five miles long and is slowly destroying a once-beautiful island and killing its wildlife.
The floating garbage was discovered along the shores of Roatan, a small island off the coast of Honduras. The locals, including photographer Caroline Power, were shocked to find that their gorgeous beaches were now filled with plastic trash. This included bags, bottles, plastic cutlery, and packaging material. Unfortunately, the “sea of plastic” had slowly made its way to the island paradise and is choking the local wildlife.
It is believed that the garbage originated from the mouth of Guatemala’s Montagua River, which recently carried a wave of trash from the city out to sea. As a result, the trash was carried out to Roatan where locals are struggling to clear their home from someone else’s garbage.
Power immediately took pictures of the “sea of plastic” and shared it on social media in hopes that it will raise awareness about the dangers of constant plastic use. She wrote:
“THIS HAS TO STOP.
“Think about your daily lives. How did you take your food to go last time you ate out? How was your last street food served? Chances are it was styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag. Do you still use plastic garbage bags? Plastic soda bottles? Ziplock bags? Plastic wrap on your food?
“Do you buy toilet paper that comes wrapped in plastic instead of paper? Do you put your fruit and veggies in produce bags at the grocery?
“I challenge every person and every business to keep your trash for one week. Separate your organic and recyclables and keep everything else for one week. You will be disgusted how many single-use items you use.”
There are more than 8 million tons of plastic that enter the world’s oceans every year. Unfortunately, recent studies estimate that there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish, in weight, by 2050.