More than 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year
Did you know that we manufacture just under 300 million tonnes of plastic a year – that is equivalent to the weight of the entire adult population of the planet. And while plastic is an amazingly versatile and useful product, around half of what we produce we use just once, then we throw it away. Much of this eventually ends up in our oceans where it damages the whales, dolphins and turtles that we love so much as well as countless other marine creatures.
However the problem is far worse. The plastic breaks down in the oceans into tiny particles and these attract toxins, toxins that cause all manner of diseases in humans. These toxins are being ingested by marine animals and are being passed up the food chain, concentrating as they do so. Ultimately we are at the top of that food chain.