Did you know every single piece of plastic that was ever made still exists? Plastic can take up to 1000 years to decompose. Because of this, and the sheer abundance of it, it ends up in the environment and causes extreme damage.
In the oceans, fish become tangled and injured in the debris, and some animals mistake items like plastic bags for food and eat them. Small organisms feed on tiny bits of broken-down plastic, called microplastic, and absorb the chemicals from the plastic into their tissues.
When small organisms that consume microplastics are eaten by larger animals, the toxic chemicals then become part of their tissues. In this way, the microplastic pollution migrates up the food chain, eventually becoming part of the food that humans eat.
As the beaches and walks are less crowded this time of year it’s a perfect time to stop and look around. If there is rubbish stop and pick it up and put it in the nearest bin. I collected this amount in 2 minutes on the beach!