Guys, we have a serious plastic problem going on.
While we were digging around doing some research for our current Youth Ambassadors Marine Plastic Removal campaign, we discovered some facts about marine plastic in our oceans that shocked even us!
Be warned, once you read this, you’ll probably never use a plastic water bottle again.
1. A 2015 study published in Science estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastic debris is entering the ocean every year. That’s around 230kg every second, the equivalent to the weight of a hammerhead shark!
2. A 2016 study found 32% of the 78 million tons plastic packaging produced each year ends up in the ocean. This is about the equivalent of pouring one garage truck of plastic packaging into the ocean every second.
3. In every square km of ocean, you’ll find around 18,000 pieces of plastic.
4. Every square km of deep ocean contains about four billion plastic fibres. FOUR BILLION!
5. Some estimates say there are now more than 5 TRILLION pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. And counting.
6. An estimated 100 000 marine mammals and turtles are killed by plastic annually worldwide. And numbers are rising.
7. Plastics production has increased twentyfold since 1964, reaching 311m tonnes in 2014. Scientists expect that to double again in the next 20 years and almost quadruple by 2050.
If we continue at the rate we’re going, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.
Help us turn the tide on plastic in our oceans
Our Youth Ambassadors are currently raising funds to remove more than 800kg of marine plastic and other debris from the Great Barrier Reef Islands.
They want to raise awareness about what’s really going on in our seas. And inspire people to take action!