The experts at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have been exploring our oceans and have taken a look at the plastic levels of the deep sea. They have found that microplastics are as deep as 600ft below the surface. The creatures at this level survive on the small particles in the water include the microplastics. These deep-sea creatures then become food for other fish, who become food for other fish, who eventually become food for land animals and humans.
What can we do to help? First, we need to reduce our use of single-use plastics in order to stop adding to the problem. Reuse or Refuse! Take your reusable water bottle or coffee mugs with you wherever you go. If you love to sip from a straw pick up a reusable alternative such as stainless steel, glass, or silicone. Every little thing we do to reduce our waste will help to stop adding to the problem.