Plastic in the world and oceans is a people problem, which means people like you can help solve it!
It’s only together that we can protect our ocean from plastic pollution.
Help Us Change the Tide of Plastic Pollution.
Like most of you I’ve seen the pictures and looked on in HORROR at the videos.
Mountains of plastic and aquatic life swimming towards their death in waters filled with all our plastic waste. Plastic pollution is killing our planet! It’s choking our oceans, poisoning our food and water supply, and wreaking havoc on the health and well-being of humans and wildlife worldwide
There was a time we lived without plastic and it wasn’t that long ago. Many of us can recall life without plastic. 9.1 BILLION Tons of plastic has been produced since plastic was introduced in the 1950's. The amount of plastic produced in a year is roughly the same as the entire weight of humanity. Here’s the real scary part of our love affair with single use plastic. Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form.
I know, you’re probably thinking we’re doing a bang-up job on recycling, but you’re wrong; 91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. And since most plastics don’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense, all that plastic waste could exist for hundreds or even thousands of years. I don’t know about you, but that’s not the kind of legacy I want to leave behind when I’m gone. For instance:
500 MILLION plastic straws are used EVERY DAY in America. That’s enough to circle the Earth twice.
Nearly TWO MILLION single-use plastic bags are distributed worldwide every MINUTE.
100 BILLION plastic bags are used by Americans every year. Tied together, they would reach around the Earth’s equator 773 times!
ONE MILLION plastic bottles are bought EVERY MINUTE around the world — and that number will top half a TRILLION by 2021. Less than half of those bottles end up getting recycled.
8 MILLION METRIC TONS of plastic winds up in our oceans each year. That’s enough trash to cover every foot of coastline around the world with five full trash bags of plastic…compounding every year.
Think again; There is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way.
If plastic production isn’t curbed, plastic pollution will outweigh fish pound for pound by 2050.
Picture a sea turtle. Perhaps a baby turtle, crawling across the beach to the ocean for the very first time, or a mother who just laid her eggs on the very same beach she was born. I can safely say, who wouldn’t be in aw, standing on the beach watching this magnificent spectacle. Some of you may even have this on your “bucket list” of life events you want to see before you die! These images should invoke the most beautiful emotions of hope and best wishes for these beautiful creatures and it’s likely that the shoreline or sea you’re imaging is pristinely clean, with crystal clear waters and miles of impeccably spotless sand, you’d like to just sink your toes in and stay a long while.
In the moment it took you to visualize that miraculous part of nature, an entire garbage truck filled of plastic will have entered the ocean.
And this happens every minute of each and every day.
The worst part? Not only is it disgusting and disheartening.
It is also a completely preventable problem. Plas