INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC FREE DAY
Today, 25th of May, we celebrate International Plastic Free Day, which is reminding on the amount of plastic used every day, filling up landfills or polluting our oceans. Over 380 million tons of plastic are produced yearly, of which at least half is single use plastic.
Over 14 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. It makes up 80% of all marine debris found from surface waters to deep-sea sediments. Apart from being a threat to the health of the marine environment and the oceans themselves, marine species ingest or are entangled by plastic debris, which oftenly causes severe injuries and death.
Also our beloved whales, who are at the end of the food chain in the oceans, ingest these sediments and pollution through their prey.
Nowadays, the pollution in our oceans is one of the largest threats to the well-being of many whale populations.
Watching these magnificent animals daily in our beloved Skjálfandi Bay is a huge privilege and by reducing the worldwide consumption of single use plastic, we will hopefully be honoured to continue seeing them in the future.