How Plastic Debris is Hurting Sea Turtles

Sep 08, 2017

The ongoing problem of plastic debris and waste hurting and killing hundreds of millions of marine life shows no signs of stopping. The wind blows this debris into oceans from streets and shorelines. Various sea creatures around the world are consuming, breathing in and getting stuck in our plastic garbage. Most plastic bottles take over 400 years to  breakdown while most plastic bags can take 10 to 20 years. One of the most notable victims of this insidious epidemic are sea turtles.

Plastic Debris Effect on Sea Turtles

Sea turtles have swallowed, inhaled, and gotten trapped inside of various plastic bottles and containers. They mistake these plastic items for food. Unfortunately, these are fatal mistakes for sea turtles because their bodies are not able to reject or fully digest the debris. Many turtles have washed up on dead beaches with plastic food and beverage containers, wrappers and even balloons found in their stomachs. However, there are possible solutions to help stop this tragic recurrence.   

Your Business Can Help Sea Turtles Survive

By not using plastic or styrofoam for packaging materials and choosing more sustainable options, business can cut down on ocean pollution and waste. Cardboard, paper, bubble wrap and recycled plastics are biodegradable materials that break down naturally and do not pose a threat to marine life. By using these packaging materials, your business is preserving millions of sea turtles' lives and helping reduce waste on a global scale.

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