There are truckloads of it in our oceans and rivers
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time.
Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all rubbish floating on the ocean’s surface.
By 2050 plastic waste is estimated to outweigh all the fish in the sea and it’s getting in the seafood you eat.
An estimated truckload of plastic enters the ocean every minute.
It will be with us for centuries – it takes hundreds of years for plastic to breakdown.
The world’s largest rubbish patch is in our ocean
In our South Pacific sits a plastic garbage patch the size of India full of clouds of small plastics – the sort fish eat.
Henderson Island in this South Pacific region, was recently crowned the most plastic-polluted island on earth, as it is covered in roughly 38 million pieces of trash.
It’s here to stay
Plastic doesn’t go away, it’s stays in our environment for centuries. Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists. It doesn’t break down – it only breaks up, becoming smaller and smaller until it eventually becomes microplastic.
Gets in our food
Microplastic is now in most of our drinking water and fish, with untold future effects for humans. A recent study on fish in the south Pacific showed that 97 percent of all fish species sampled had microplastics in them. Eating fish that have consumed microplastic is unlikely to come without health consequences.
Plastic kills wildlife
From getting stuck in nets to eating plastic that they think is food, wildlife worldwide are dying from the material we made. One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans, whether by choking, entangling, or slowly poisoning them, or starving them of real food.
44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans (dolphin, whales) and all sea turtle species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
Contributes to carbon emissions
Imagine a one litre water bottle filled one quarter of the way up with oil. That’s about how much oil was needed to produce the bottle. Plus three bottles of water are required to make the bottle.