Fossil based plastic
We all use it for everything in our life
The 381 million tonnes problem
Each year more than 380 million tonnes of fossil based plastic are produced in the world. 50% of that plastic is for single use products
91% of plastic products produced up till today are not recycled mainly because the plastic is contaminated or the properties degrade when recycled, causing companies that use recycled plastic to mix in new virgin fossil plastic
Adding to the carbon cycle
Fossil based plastic is made from crude oil that is pumped up from underground reservoirs where it has taken millions of years to form. When crude oil is used for making plastic more CO2 is added to the natural carbon cycle making the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere rise,creating the greenhouse effect that is causing the planet to heat up.
Seagrass on the beaches
If you have been on the beach you know the struggle
150 tonnes of greenhouse gases per km of beach is emitted when eelgrass and seaweed is allowed to decompose
Hundreds of thousands euros are used per municipality to remove and dispose of eelgrass from public beaches. The removal solves the smelly nuisance for beach guests, but not the CO2 emitted when it rots, since in most cases, the removed biomass is pushed into the water or deposited at a landfill for it to decompose.
When one kg of seagrass or seaweed are allowed to decompose, it realises approx. 30 g/kg nitrogen and 25 g/kg phosphorus. Nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients that increase algae growth. This leads to oxygen depletion in the water killing marine life
50.000 tonnes of eelgrass in dry weight wash up on the Danish shores each year. If not collected it will start to rot, creating a smelly nuisance for locals and beach guests