Mediterranean seaweed, filters 867 million plastic wastes every year!
A recent study has shown that one of the seaweeds from the Mediterranean can consume plastic in the ocean.
Researchers from University of Barcelona in Spain measured the amount of plastic in the seaweed collected from a beach on the island of Mallorca.
Among the Posidonia oceanica, plastic fragments were found in 50% of the leaf and stem samples, and the maximum number of plastics per 1kg was 613.
Furthermore, the shape of a ball made of tangled roots of Posidonia oceanica is called the ‘Neptune ball’, and the maximum of 1470 pieces of plastic per 1kg of the Neptune ball was found in 17% of the samples.
Researchers from the University of Barcelona have estimated that Neptune balls from seagrass meadow can filter more than 867 million pieces of plastic every year.
While humans, who are blinded by greed, are destroying the ecosystem, nature is striving to purify the earth like this.