Pilot Whale Dies From Plastic Pollution

pilot whale dies with 80 plastic bags in stomach

Paper, Plastic, or Reusable?

What's you preferred method of handling groceries upon checkout at the grocery store? Do you bag it? Do you prefer paper or plastic? Or do you carry your own reusable grocery bags? If you do carry your own reusable shopping bag, congratulations! You are contributing to the reduction of plastic pollution in our environment. You can now give yourself a pat on your back. You may be wondering, what's the big deal; a bag is a bag, right? Wrong! Plastic shopping bags contribute to the plastic waste that is evidently affecting our environment, especially our marine life as it endangers many animals in their ocean habitat. No one really knows how much unrecycled plastic ends up in our oceans, but according to National Geographic, Jenna Jambeck, a Georgia University Engineering Professor, estimated it to be roughly between 5.3 million and 14 million tons a year from coastal regions. The estimated time on plastic to biodegrade is an estimated 450 years or NEVER--meaning we'll be long gone as our plastic waste still pollutes the Earth.

sea turtle choking on plastic

Plastic Pollution Affects Marine Life

According to National Geographic, unrecycled plastic kill millions animals a year. From the smallest of organisms, like zooplankton to large mammals such as whales ingest many, many microplastics. Plastic bags were the major culprit In the case of the pilot whale in Thailand that was found with more than 80 plastic bags (about 17lbs) in its stomach. The whale died five days after it rescue after vomiting a few plastic bags. According to Regina Asmutis-Silvia, the Executive Director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation's North America, the whale may have mistook the plastic bags for food. The whale's natural diet consists of squid, octopus, and fish. Unfortunately this is just one of many cases where marine animals die from mistaking plastic waste for food. The reusable bags doesn't sound so bad now, huh?

whale autopsy after eating 80 plastic bags

What You Can Do

It is estimated that the average person in The United States discards roughly 185lbs of plastic trash, but this can be drastically reduce by changing how we use single-use products by switching to reusable products like reusable shopping bags (HINT, HINT). As National Geographic mentions: ocean plastic is not as complicated as climate change. We know what the solution. According to the New Yorker in 2014, plastic bags ranked #7 for most common item found in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. The negative effects of plastic bags have caused an implementation of bans and/or surcharges for plastic bag uses in some cities and countries.
So even if your current grocer does not have a plastic ban, still do the marine environment a favor and get a reusable plastic bag for all your grocery needs. They are environmentally friendly and helps reduce the plastic pollution in our ocean. Let's all take part in NOT turning our beautiful oceans into 'plastic soup.'

reusable bag vs plastic bag

How Can The Pure Wraps Help to Reduce Plastic Waste?

To support wellness and fight disease, we need life-enhancing food from a sustainable environment, which is why we will not compromise our strict standards. The Pure Wraps are packaged in Innovia NatureFlex™ Films (manufacturer of NatureFlex™) cellulose-based biodegradable compostable packaging. These films are made from responsibly resourced wood pulp.
Most importantly, it is safe for people and the environment and does not contribute to plastic pollution.