Study shows increase in plastic pollution

Study shows increase in plastic pollution


Pollution levels are high in America's waters, and there are signs that they're climbing even higher. This is why many people use organic detox products to help protect their bodies from the toxins found in their environment. Recently, a study published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin showed that plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea.

Scientists examined the stomach contents of beached northern fulmars on the coasts of British Columbia, Canada and the states of Washington and Oregon to come to their conclusion. They set out to determine how much plastic these birds consume when they feed on fish from the Pacific Ocean. The findings, when compared to previous studies, show a substantial increase in plastic pollution over the past 40 years.

"The average adult northern fulmar weighs five pounds, or 2.25 kilograms," said researcher Stephanie Avery-Gomm. "While 0.385 grams in a bird may seem inconsequential to us, it's the equivalent of about [5 percent] of their body mass. It would be like a human carrying 50 grams of plastic in our stomach – about the weight of 10 quarters."

According to Clean Water Action, an estimated 80 percent of marine debris comes from trash blown out of garbage containers, litter, trucks and landfills. Furthermore, marine plastic pollution has impacted at least 267 species worldwide, including 44 percent of all seabird species (such as northern fulmars) and 43 percent of all marine mammal species.

These findings should encourage people to do all they can to make sure their trash cannot be blown into the ocean, and to always pick up litter, especially at the beach.