Plastic is Suffocating the Ocean and the dive industry must share the blame
Undercurrent Magazine recently posted this crucial article about the health of our oceans AND the dive industry’s role in creating the situation. Here’s an excerpt AND link to the entire story.
As a diver, you have no doubt seen plastic under the water, an example of the ecological damage our consumer society inflicts upon the environment, especially the ocean. You may have seen Craig Leeson’s documentary, A Plastic Ocean, and been appalled at the harrowing images that follow relentlessly one after the other.
As Leeson points out, manufacturers love plastic because they can can use it for anything — look at all the plastic on a BCD — and it is durable. However, that durability is equally terrible for the same reason. Especially, when one realizes that a lot of plastic is intended only for a single use before it is discarded. A Styrofoam cup takes 50 years to biodegrade whereas a plastic bottle can take 450 years. Nylon fishing line can last up to 600 years in the ocean. It’s not the plastic snorkel you accidentally drop that’s the real problem, it’s the disposable plastic bag that it came in.