Single-use plastic is convenient and durable but is also destroying the environment, destroying nature and the ocean. Banning single-use plastic is an effective way to save our ocean because it can save marine life and banning single-use plastics has been implemented and proved to be a good way to save the oceans. Some may argue that it is hard for citizens to stop using single-use plastic items.
First, banning single-use plastic is an effective way to save our ocean because single-use plastic items are seriously harming marine life. The researchers show that in 2010, 4.8 million to 12.7 million tons of plastic went to the ocean. This data shows that many single-use plastic wastes from different places all went into the ocean. If this problem doesn’t improve, according to the investigation by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. More than 80 percent of marine wastes are plastic. For seabirds and larger sea creatures like turtles, dolphins or seals the danger comes from getting tangled up in plastic bags and other mistaking plastic. In fact that turtles can’t tell the difference between the plastic bags and jellyfishes, so they probably swallow plastic as food. Swallowing a plastic can cause internal blockage, often leading to death. Larger pieces of plastic can also damage the body system of seabirds or whales. We cannot allow the sea to become less and less alive, devoid of a great deal of life, it’s threatening the life in the ocean, as a result banning single-use plastic is an effective way to save our ocean and marine life.
As the ocean is filled with plastic, some country realizes the problem and has carried on an effective solution measure. Not long ago, at the 25th commonwealth heads of government meeting in London, British prime minister Theresa May announced the establishment of a new “commonwealth alliance for clean oceans” and called for joint efforts to tackle Marine pollution and protect the marine environment. So far, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Ghana have responded. The alliance says it is committed to reducing the use of plastic and preventing further pollution of the oceans by plastic waste. Theresa May also announced a 61.4 million pound grant to support research, cleaning up plastic in the oceans and disposing of plastic waste. With dispose and prohibition, there will be far less plastic in the oceans. I believe more countries will join them to protect the oceans and ban single-use plastic. The project has brought huge benefits to the disposal of single-use plastic in the ocean.
Some may argue that it’s difficult to control citizens to stop using single-use plastic. China Taiwan has a ban on single-use plastic that was introduced in January 2008 but there is still a big loophole in the ban which allows people to use a plastic bag for takeaway food. There was a Seacon Square test, found that 453 shoppers still asked for plastic bags, while conversely, only 29 either rejected them on using their own cloth bags. It means citizens think the single-use plastic bag is provided with convenient. The citizens will keep using single-use plastic bags in their life. Although this situation will happen, many citizens want to protect the environment and protect the ocean and will take the initiative to bring their own bags for shopping. If more and more citizens like this, the probability of producing single-use plastic will become smaller and smaller, and the probability of people using it will also decrease. The survey found that citizens in countries such as Poland do not use single-use plastic bags for shopping, while supermarkets in countries such as China charge for most of the single-use plastic bags, which can also reduce people’s use of single-use plastic bags.
Therefore, an effective strategy is to ban single-use plastic. Without single-use plastic, life in the ocean would be more alive, many countries are also actively implementing it. Similarly, citizens need to work together to reduce plastic use. Hence, banning single-use plastic is an effective way to save our ocean.