The ocean basks in an array of colour and exudes diversity in its’ marine life.

The 8th of June is World Oceans Day that is dedicated to celebrating the world’s oceans, their diversity and the critical role they play in sustaining life on land.

Gamit enjoying the Durbans’ warm waters. PHOTO: Ushaka Marine World.

As Durbanites we pride ourselves in the warm Indian Ocean that we get experience all year round!
None of us would intentionally throw plastic into the ocean; we know that it will harm marine life.
But have you ever thought about the plastic that we put into the ocean, unconsciously?. This year on World Oceans Day, uShaka Sea World is highlighting one of the less obvious ways plastic ends up in the ocean; through microbeads.
Every time you clean your teeth you are probably sending tiny plastic beads into the ocean. In one 250ml of body wash or standard toothpaste tube you will probably find hundreds of thousands of microbeads. That’s two teaspoons of plastic microbeads heading straight for our ocean through our drains, sewer systems and waterways.
Every piece of plastic that enters the ocean slowly breaks down into smaller pieces, these smaller pieces can be eaten by a wide range of animals like;  zooplankton, fish, seabirds, turtles, mussels and marine animals. Just think, next time you tuck into your fish and chips, you may be eating plastic microbeads.
However, microbeads are not the only problem.
We no longer enjoy the luxury of talking about marine conservation and how it would benefit our generations to come. So let’s change that! and let’s start educating others on how we can preserve our beautiful resources.
Caring for the health of our oceans is essential for our own health!. A healthy ocean means, a healthy human!
So next time you’re shopping for toiletries, avoid purchasing products that contain microbeads. Look on the label for the following words; Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Nylon (PA), these all indicate the product may contain micro beads.
For more info – contact Ann Kunz during office hours on 031-328 8222
By: Lisanne Lazarus

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