The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a 1.6 million square kilometer patch of plastic accumulated by ocean currents. If one was to pick up each individual piece of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage patch they would have to pick out about 1.8 trillion pieces. This would be ten times more plastic pieces than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy. The patch formed as massive ocean currents have pushed plastic waste from Asia, Australia, and the Americas into large vortexes of plastic west and east of Hawaii. Much of the plastic in the pacific will continue to cycle through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch until it decomposes in up to 600 years. This means that it won’t decompose until our great, great, great, great, great, great grandchild is born. Until that time the garbage patch will continue to grow exponentially. Every year it alarmingly gets ten times larger than the year before. Experts actually predict that by the year 2050, the total amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh all the world’s fish. Contrary to popular belief the patch isn’t a giant floating island of garbage. This is because it is spread across an area twice the size of Texas. What’s more is that many of the plastic has been broken down into small pieces called microplastics. Cancer causing microplastics can be extremely detrimental to animal and human health. This means that these microplastics can easily find their way into the stomachs of marine life, and eventually our stomachs as we eat fish.
How Can We Help?
Here at Neptune Plastics we have developed a plant-based polymer plastic that dissolves in water within an hour. It’s strong, it’s durable, and behaves just like normal plastic under typical conditions. What’s more is that because our plastic is 100% plant based, it is technically edible just in case it is accidentally eaten by wildlife. Many other “biodegradable” plastics already exist, however most of these products simply break down into smaller pieces, and some are even more harmful to the environment than regular plastic. Neptune Plastics is the first real solution to the plastic epidemic in our oceans. Join us in the revolution against teh plastic that plagues our beautiful earth. If you’d like to know more or if you’d like to use our packaging, please reach out to us on our “Contact Us” page.