Water is a precious natural resource and we all have a responsibility to treat it as such. The water crisis in Cape Town could see it being the first major city to run out of water. In response to this impending crisis, many thousands of litres of bottled water have been sent to Cape Town
But what of all the empty plastic bottles? These are littering the streets, and even more worrying, the beaches. Not only is this unsightly, but it also poses a very real risk to marine life.
Plastic isn’t biodegradable, which accentuates the threat of lingering waste plastic for years and for generations to come.
Plastic threatens the existence of the life under water right from smaller fishes to huge mammals and amphibians.
A sperm whale found dead on a North American beach was discovered to have starved to death because a plastic gallon bottle which it had swallowed had plugged its small intestine. The animal was full of plastic material ranging from other plastic bottles to 12m of nylon rope.
While some had been left on the beach, much had originated as street litter and been washed down to the sea along storm-water drains.