It's so important that we're all aware of just how detrimental plastic pollution is to our oceans! The sea and all its wildlife play a crucial part in our ecosystem and plastic pollution is a serious threat that effects all of us. We are now using more plastic than ever and too much of it is ending up in the environment and causing harm to animals and us as humans.
As a population of over 7 billion, we produce over 381 million tonnes of plastic globally per year, with at least 8 million pieces entering the oceans every single day - (which is set to double by 2034)! Plastic can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, (and even then, it never really goes away) which means every piece of plastic that has ever been produced still exists today!
According to a study from National Geographic, 73% of all beach litter is plastic. Plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the world and scientists have now also recently found microplastics embedded in the arctic ice.
It is estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans. This means that the amount of plastic will physically outweigh fish, and the oceans will contain at least 937 million tons of plastic compared to 895 million tons of fish by 2050.
The most polluting agents are single-use plastics, such as supermarket food wrappers, shopping bags, water bottles and even cigarette butts. In addition to this, a surprising amount of plastic pollution is also caused by the fishing industry. A study by Green Peace found that lost and discarded fishing gear makes up the majority of large plastic pollutors in the oceans.