Plastic Buildup in Our Oceans

seal-plastic-pollutionFrom food storage to furniture—we use plastic for everything. In 2008 alone 245 million tons of plastic were produced. These plastics often find there way into our waterways. Every year 6.4 million tons are dumped into the ocean. Many marine wildlife are injured or killed from plastic consumption.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the north Pacific Ocean. It spans all the way from the west coast of North America to Japan. Patches of the GPGP are made entirely of tiny bits of plastic. Countries like Ireland and Bangladesh are banning or charging a tax on plastic bags to try and cut down on our plastic use. Learn more about this growing environmental concern and what you can do.

plastic-buildupNote: Thanks to CustomMade for providing the infographic. 

Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of Cleantech Solutions, and an international consultant, advisor and trainer with expertise in waste management, biomass energy, waste-to-energy, environment protection and resource conservation. His geographical areas of focus include Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biogas technology, biomass energy, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management.
Salman has participated in numerous national and international conferences all over the world.He is a prolific environmental journalist, and has authored more than 300 articles in reputed journals, magazines and websites. In addition, he is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability through his blogs and portals.
Salman can be reached at salman@bioenergyconsult.com or salman@cleantechloops.com.

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