Unfortunately, we’ve all seen seagulls stuck in plastic packaging. Even more unfortunately sea birds suffer from internal damage when ingesting this waste. As well as their stomachs, build up can occur in their livers and fatty tissue, causing real damage. Japanese researchers from Hokkaido university found that chemicals from plastics were thousands of times higher than usual in sea birds. Shockingly, researchers estimate that 99% of sea birds will have ingested plastic waste by 2050! This clearly shows the severity of the situation. Currently however, the effects of ingesting these toxic chemicals on the birds are less clear.
The main reason for ingestion is sea birds mistaking packaging for food and attempting to eat it. This is just another example of how damaging single use plastics can be on our environment. Switch to RTP today.