When we all think about ocean polluters, we all think about plastic bags, cans, or plastic bottles. We all see those images our heads of sea turtles entangled in plastic or sea birds with stomachs filled with small plastic objects left on beaches by humans. It really is heartbreaking what we are doing to our planet. Plastic is streaming into our oceans at an alarming rate, (one dumptruck per minute)
Scientists have estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish, this is due to the combined travesty of over fishing and consumer waste filtering straight into our oceans.
But did you know what one of the biggest polluters in terms of consumer waste is found in our oceans? Well, let us tell you, lip balm tubes. Yes, that's right, the humble lip balm tube.
According to research, we use an estimated 400 million of these little babies per year 400 MILLION! That's 400 million tubes per year piling up on refuse ground and in our oceans. Plastic is not biodegradable and can take anywhere from 500 to 700 years to break down.