Coastal land-based human dispersal account for 80% of ocean plastic pollution, globally. Over 6.5 million tons of litter enter the world’s Ocean each year. 50% is long-lasting plastic that will drift for hundreds of years before it is degraded.
Over 220 million tons of plastic are produced each year. We must choose to reduce our need and habits surrounding plastic use, especially single use plastic. We now have many alternatives that biodegrade safely.
More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing nearly 269,000 tons, are littering the world's oceans according to a study by the scientific journal PLOS One. The study is the first of its kind to gather data from around the world on floating plastic.
Several EU countries recycle 60-70% of used plastics and recover over 80% through integrated waste and resource management. We are currently recycling 90% of the ocean marine plastics and debris we recover on our expeditions, keeping much of it out of landfills.
A change in perceptions, could help change our strategies around plastic use and "disposal". For example, the marine debris we collect is being transformed into packaging, products, art and a mixed oil fuel.