Plastic in our Oceans: How you can help

Oct 18, 2023

A problem of immense magnitude

Plastic pollution is a major environmental problem, and the oceans are particularly hard hit. Every year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans, where it can harm marine life, pollute beaches, and enter the food chain.

The sheer size of the problem is staggering. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by weight by 2050. And according to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic pollution is the most common type of marine debris, accounting for 80% of all sea trash.

Plastic pollution can have a devastating impact on marine life. Animals can become entangled in plastic debris, which can lead to injury and death. Animals can also mistake plastic for food, which can block their digestive tracts and lead to starvation.

Plastic pollution can also pollute beaches and coastal communities. Plastic debris can wash up on beaches, making them unsightly and dangerous for people and wildlife alike. Plastic pollution can also enter the food chain when it is ingested by marine life.

Recycling operations are beginning to address the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. However, the scale of the problem is so large that recycling alone is not enough to solve it. We also need to reduce our consumption of plastic products and find ways to dispose of plastic waste properly.

How you can make a difference

Have you ever considered wearing clothes made from shredded plastic waste? Before you recoil in horror at the thought of looking like a tramp, let me assure you that fashionable, quality clothing is now made from recycled plastic bottles. To be precise, this clothing is made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is the same type of plastic used to make water bottles.

PET is a durable and recyclable material, making it ideal for use in jackets. To make a recycled plastic bottle jacket, the bottles are first collected and cleaned. They are then shredded into small flakes, which are then melted down and spun into yarn. The yarn is then woven into fabric, which is then used to make the jacket.


Recycled bottles, stripped into plastic to make PET fabric

Recycled plastic bottle jackets are just as warm and durable as jackets made from traditional materials, such as down or synthetic insulation. They are also much more sustainable. A typical recycled plastic bottle jacket contains around 20 recycled bottles, which helps to keep plastic out of landfills and incinerators.

There are a number of brands that now offer recycled plastic bottle jackets. Some of the most popular brands include Patagonia, North Face, and Columbia. These brands offer a variety of recycled plastic bottle jackets, including puffers, rain jackets, and winter jackets.

If you are looking for a sustainable and stylish jacket, consider buying a recycled plastic bottle jacket. You will be helping to reduce plastic pollution and you will look great doing it.

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