As we are all becoming more aware of the huge
damage plastic garbage (especially plastic bottles and straws) cause
to our Eco system and marine life, we at Lastavica Cruises decided to
do something about it.
Anyone who has spent at least a
small amount of their time aboard a yacht or a cruise ship (in our
case) soon becomes aware of the high volume of plastic that is being
used and thrown away during everyday life. These plastic bottles,
that we use to carry our water on board, are becoming a huge problem
for our oceans. While we cannot stop our guests from having their
bottled water on board a cruise ship, what we can do is focus our
efforts to try to reduce the amount of plastic available on the boat.
Changing attitude toward the
consumption of single-use of plastic on board is one of the ways how
we can fight this issue.
The other way is to react and
try to be that change in our market, in hopes that other people will
notice and decide to do the same. Because, this is the only way how
to change our environment – we need to become that change.
While some state that plastic
takes anywhere from 500 to 1000 years to dissolve in the sea, this
statement is wrong. Every single piece of plastic ever produced on
our planet, exists to this day. By ingesting plastic debris, debris
we humans create and that ends up in our oceans and seas, various
animals can die of starvation, drowning or suffocation. They can also
become entangled in various plastic waste materials and evidence of
that can be found on various online channels worldwide.
While dangerous even in its
current form, plastic in the sea can become even more so. What the
sea does to plastic, over a long period of time, essentially is
breaking it down to dangerous micro particles. These harmful
particles end up in the fish and other sea creatures, coral reefs,
beaches that we and our children use, and in the water we drink. The
effects these particles have on human and animal bodies are severe.
Our oceans and seas are home to
wide variety of life that are being devastated by huge amounts of
plastic waste every day. United Nations declared that at least 800
ocean species worldwide are affected by 13 million metric tons of
plastic debris that ends up in our oceans and seas. This is equal to
one fully loaded garbage truck per minute.
keep you posted about our plans and progress, hoping that you will
join us on our journey.