Micro Plastics and Plastic Pollution

It’s probably not an overstatement to say that micro plastics are one of most severe problems we will face in the future. Plastic is everywhere and recycling is still only done on a low level worldwide. Billions of throwaway bags are still being used each year for instance. Not only do many kinds of animals die directly from eating plastics but microplastics are invading the world and can be found everywhere. Soon very common in the air you and I breathe!
And will we ever be able to remove them when they have become so small they will be just everywhere (already happening).
Take action and visit these websites below for more information on what you can do…

5Gyres conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres. To stop the flow of plastic to the sea we advocate new materials, better designed products, fair legislation, and engage in consumer education. Post-consumer cleanup efforts focus on coastal and island debris removal and mitigation.

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[Dutch only] An organization whose mission is to make people aware of the many uses of plastics and microplastics (such as in cosmetics) and the resulting pollution in the oceans and seas and what people can do to avoid these products.
Plastic Free Seas
Hong Kong
Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong based non profit organisation dedicated to advocating change in the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through education and action campaigns.
Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment. With its work, Plastic Pollution Coalition seeks to put plastic pollution at the forefront of global social, environmental and political discourse.
Think Beyond Plastic is an innovation competition for entrepreneurs working on solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Eligible contestants will compete for a first prize investment of $50,000 for an existing business, and $10,000 investment for the most innovative business idea.
Algalita is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education, and restoration. They study the distribution, abundance and fate of marine plastic pollution, the potential harmful effects of plastics in the marine environment and the transference of toxicants and their impact on human health.
The Plastic Pollution Reduction Map of plasticfreetimes.com showcases proposed and passed bans on plastic bags, plastic bottles, BPA, and styrofoam around the globe. Use the map to find and connect with concerned citizens in your area, or to model your own legislative initiative on victories and in-progress cases.
Bagit
Movie
Bag It follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb's journey in this documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? See Movie
In an effort to facilitate research for cities and states interested in adopting plastic bag laws, we have compiled the text of laws, related litigation, and relevant studies. Our hope is that having this information available in one place will lead to the adoption of more plastic bag laws.
Think we can't live without plastic? Think again. In 2007 this blogger committed to stop buying any new plastic & almost succeeded! Won't you join her? Let's see what plastic-free looks like in your daily life for the health of our bodies, our oceans, our planet.
The Plastic Debris, Rivers to Sea Project seeks to minimize the land-based discharges of marine debris. Just like ocean-based marine debris, land-based discharges of human-made debris are comprised mostly of plastics.
A volunteer-based global monitoring program designed to monitor the pollution status of the oceans.