Covering 72 percent of the Earth and supplying half of its oxygen, the ocean is our planet's life support system—and it’s in danger. It’s estimated a shocking 1.4 billion pounds of rubbish enters the oceans every year. The majority of debris items found on the ocean floor are single use recyclable items like plastic shopping bags and aluminium beverage cans. The long term effects of trash on deep sea life are largely unknown, but the leaking of chemicals, entanglement and biological changes to the eco-system are certainly detrimental. Degradation of manmade debris items in the deep sea is slow because there is no sunlight and very low oxygen, plastic could persist for centuries. As it breaks down over time, plastic fragments into very small particles that are more likely to be ingested by marine life and are then being eaten by us. The best solution is to reduce our reliance upon single use throw away items. Recycling, reusing and properly disposing of trash items keeps litter from ever entering our ocean.
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