The pollution of our water must stop

Throughout the world, the amount of plastic consumption has come to be immeasurable. Although there are many places in the world that have an abundant amount of plastic build up, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest offshore plastic accumulation zone. According to, “it is estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic are entering the ocean each year from rivers. More than half of this plastic is less dense than the water, meaning that it will not sink once it encounters the sea.” The writer continues to say, “As more and more plastics are discarded into the environment, microplastic concentration in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will only continue to increase.” Due to this area of garbage in the ocean, marine animals have been affected through things such as consuming the garbage or even getting trapped in the garbage while swimming around.

With all problems comes solutions, meaning just because we have polluted oceans with immense amount of water, we can reverse these ecological effects by making small changes in our daily lives. For instance, using reusable water bottles and shopping bags can help the environment in several ways. Instead of drinking from a different plastic water bottle every day, drink from a washable metal water bottle. Not only will it help the environment, but your water can stay colder longer and your coffee can stay warmer longer. The same goes with using reusable shopping bags. Going to the grocery store and using multiple plastic bags to hold your groceries is not good for the environment. People can invest in cloth bags that can be stored in their car and taken with to the store. Another small but effective change people could make is to use metal straws. Using them instead of using plastic straws that are given when you buy sodas hurt the oceans a lot more than one may think. The straws are perfect size to fit into a sea turtle’s nose, constricting the amount of air the turtle can get. By using reusable metal straws, the oceans are cleaner and turtles can breathe happier.

Overall, reducing ocean pollution can help with not only the Earth’s ecological footprint, but also with the animal population. By reducing the amount of garbage such as plastic bags, plastic straws, and plastic water bottles, the waters will be cleaners resulting in a safer habitat for animals and cleaner water in the end.