Plastic pollution seeps into the ocean through run-off and even purposeful dumping that cause the beautiful Ocean is turning into a plastic soup. About 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the sea every year, and at this rate we face a future with more plastic in the Ocean than fish by 2050. Our plastic addiction and waste mismanagement are condemning countless marine birds and animals to death by entanglement or poisoning, and even leading to chemical contamination of the fish we eat. The vast swirls of plastic rubbish visible on the sea surface – horrifying as they are – represent just the tip of the iceberg. What lies beneath are the masses of microbeads and broken-down particles of plastic that are easily ingested by sea creatures, and impossible to remove. The urgently needed solution calls for a combination of enhanced awareness, reduced plastic use, and massively improved waste management. The most effective way to have less plastic in the Ocean is to use less plastic in the first place and use substitute non-toxic material for plastics production.
- 13 Million tonnes of plastic wastes are dumped into oceans per annum
- By 2050, plastic waste will exceed the biomass in oceans
- 10,000 marine lives are taken by plastic wastes per annum
- Filaments from disintegrated plastic wastes are being ingested by humans through consumption of sea food causing irreversible health risk