1. Single use plastic bags.
Single use plastic bags are a real problem for sea turtles. In fact, 52% of the world’s turtles have eaten plastic waste, with a large portion being single use plastic bags. Sea turtles confuse these plastic bags with their preferred prey, jellyfish. They spot plastic bags being carried along in the current, and will often consume them. Once eaten these bags can cause intestinal blockages, leaving sea turtles unable to feed and they eventually die due to starvation.
It’s not just sea turtles at risk from single use plastic bags. In 2018, a dead pilot whale had 80 plastic shopping bags blocking its digestive tract and therefore died as a result of starvation.
The simple swap
Say no to a plastic bag during your next shop. Kerb the demand for single use plastic bags by bringing your own reusable version that you can use time and time again. It is even better if your reusable bag is made from a non plastic material, such as cotton. You will then have even less plastic waste at the end of its lifecycle.