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The war on plastic; deep ocean discovery

May 15, 2019

Recently, it was reported that researchers had found a plastic bag at the bottom of the Mariana Trench when undertaking the deepest sub dive ever attempted. 

The Mariana Trench is the deepest ocean trench in the world. The maximum known depth is 10,994 metres. For reference, if Mount Everest were dropped into the trench at this point, its peak would still be over two kilometres (1.2 mi) under water. So, what does this sad discovery mean?

Vescovo, the expert submarine diver who discovered the plastic bag commented that “whilst it wasn’t completely surprising... it was very disappointing to see obvious human contamination of the deepest point in the ocean. He later added that the ocean is “not a big garbage collection pool, even though it’s treated as such.”

Confirmation that human pollution reaches even the most remote corners of our planet really does highlight to us the severity of the situation we find ourselves in.

The war on plastic is growing momentum, for good reason. This year 5 trillion plastic bags will be consumed. That’s 160,000 a second! Put one after another and they would go around the world 7 times every hour and cover an area twice the size of France.

In light of this staggering discovery and the statistics above, wouldn’t it be great if we all used less of them?

If you haven’t got a bag and you’re unable to carry your items to your car, take a bag but make sure you recycle it properly. Most major supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, The Co-op and Waitrose have recycling points especially for their plastic bags. If you can’t make it to one of those shops, follow Recycle Now’s website and pop your postcode in. Sometimes it's hard to see how we can make a difference as individuals but this really is a simple way to make a big difference. Visit Recycle Now

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