Our oceans are suffocating in plastic
The oceans cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface and are our most important ecosystem.
Every second breath we take.
Every second meal we eat.
We are dependent on the ocean.
The ocean is the very foundation of our survival and our planet’s life support system. But it’s in danger. We need to act. Now.
Global plastic production
In 2016 alone, we produced 396 million metric tons of plastic – that’s 53 kilograms of plastic for every person on the planet. If our plastic addiction continues to increase at its current rate, global production could increase by 40% by 2030.
Global plastic production has exploded in the last 20 years.
plastic waste is recycled.
tons of plastic currently litter the ocean.
tons of plastic enter our oceans every year.
A threat to us all
Once the plastic is in the sea, it is damaging to wildlife. Each year, entanglement and digestion kill millions of seals, whales, turtles, birds, and other species. When the plastic isn’t collected from the ocean, it breaks up into microplastics, which are now being found in fish and our drinking water. A disaster for the health of animals and humans both now and for future generations.
500ml water bottles
8 million tons
of plastic goes into the ocean every year. The equivalent of:
single-use plastic bags