300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year, and approximately 8 million tons ends up in the ocean because our waste systems struggle to cope with it and we can be careless of how we dispose of our waste.
Around half of all plastic produced is for single-use purposes including: bags, bottles, food packaging, coffee cups, straws, condiment sachets and take-away containers.
Plastic in the ocean injures or maims countless marine birds and animals each year – whether by choking, entangling, slowly poisoning them with toxins, or filling up their stomachs and starving them by preventing them from getting sustenance from real food.
The chemicals found in plastic are not healthy for humans either. Harmful toxins have been found to leach into food and drink stored in plastic. Small amounts of plastic also enter our food chain, so we end up eating fish and other seafood that have eaten microplastic. We and our children are then eating potentially harmful pieces of plastic and absorbing any toxins into our bodies.
This website is here for you to learn more and take action!