Warning for the republic of garbage islands

- Jun 11, 2019-

A ban on the use of plastic beads in certain exfoliating products has come into force.

The UK is expected to formally ban the sale of plastic microbeads in July.


Plastic microbeads are synthetic plastic particles smaller than 5 mm in diameter. In personal care products, plastic microbeads can be used as an abrasive to exfoliate and exfoliate dead skin.

However, when these products are used, the plastic microbeads will be washed away from the sewer, which will not only cause water pollution and threaten the ecosystem, but also easily be swallowed by fish and shrimp, and pass through the food chain back to the human table, causing a food safety crisis.


More than 10,000 tons of plastic microbeads are now used worldwide each year.

In New York state alone, 19 tons of plastic microbeads are washed into sewers every year, according to the wildlife conservation society.

36.5 per cent of fish caught in the English channel and 83 per cent of Norwegian lobsters contain the common ingredient of plastic microbeads.

Not long ago, the Chinese research ship xiangyanghong 01 also found plastic beads in Antarctic waters.


Plastic beads are just the tip of the ocean's pollution iceberg.

Floating in the north Pacific is a landmass the size of seven French landmasses -- not a supersized landbuilding project, but an astonishing dump.

All kinds of plastic waste abandoned by people in daily life are the foundation and background of this new continent.


The damage caused by Marine plastic waste is staggering.

Last year, a photo of a young seahorse swimming through the sea with a plastic swab wrapped in its tail -- instead of seaweed -- was widely circulated online as part of a wildlife photo contest.

But the seahorse was lucky for the environmental photographer.

The albatrosses that swallow cigarette lighters, the leatherbacks that mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, pay with their lives.


BBC television presenter David attenborough, known as the "father of nature documentaries in the world", once said: "we think the ocean is so vast and so rich in species that we think nothing can affect it."

Perhaps this is what is causing the current Marine conservation dilemma.

The vast ocean is so far away that people throw their rubbish away without thinking of any serious consequences.


Unlike the global consensus on climate change, Marine environmental protection has not received enough attention.

The urge to exploit Marine resources far outweighs the need to protect them.

Under the current international law framework, countries have the right to use the resources of the high seas, but rarely talk about the responsibility to protect the oceans, which results in the "tragedy of the Commons" of Marine environmental protection.


Last year, the environmental advocacy group plastic ocean fund and the world renewable energy organization submitted a "declaration of independence" to the United Nations, asking it to recognize the existence of the "waste islands republic."

They also designed a *, currency and passport for a "country" to which former us vice-president al gore has become an honorary citizen.


The "republic of the rubbish islands" is of course impossible to recognise, but the surreal "humour" stems from the anxiety of being ignored.

70 percent of the earth's surface area is ocean, it has never been an unrelated world.

Humans can't wait until the garbage reaches the door.

In fact, the threshold of ocean protection is not high. All one needs to do is to lose one less beverage bottle and replace one kind of facial cleanser.


Gibran wrote: the earth breathes, we are born;

The earth rests and we die.

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