Plastic has become so integral to our lives that we no longer think twice when using it - a plastic straw here, a disposable coffee cup there. But the world has now reached peak plastic, and our oceans, lands and communities cannot take it any more.
Up to 12 million metric tonnes of plastic is estimated to enter our seas every year. Plastic has been found in waters across the world, including along the coasts and deep at sea. Plastic debris has been found inside fish, birds, turtles and sperm whales’ stomachs. We need to turn the tide and protect oceans, wildlife and ourselves from plastic.
We need urgent action to get rid of single-use plastics at source. Ending plastic pollution demands a shift in mindsets — and innovation to find solutions. If governments, companies and individuals act now, we can save our seas from drowning in plastic.
Up to 12 million tonnes of plastic enter our seas worldwide every year. We’re calling on governments and companies to take action to reduce the plastic waste in our everyday lives. But have you ever wondered how much plastic you actually use?
Our oceans are awash with throwaway plastic packaging. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Demand that companies and governments tackle the problem at source. In your everyday life choose to refuse, reduce and reuse.
We need to make sure that the responsibility is on corporations and governments first.
Studies have shown up to 90% of seabirds now have plastic in their stomachs. We need to act urgently to stop plastic getting into our oceans. That means companies dramatically reducing the amount of throwaway plastic packaging they use.