Plastic produced by the oil industry and big corporations is ruining the health of communities across the world. It’s killing wildlife, poisoning the land and being dumped in oceans.
To make matters worse, microplastics are building up in the air we breathe, our food and even our bodies.
Plastic pollution is a global problem that needs a global solution. But hope is on the horizon. A ‘Global Plastics Treaty’ is gaining momentum.
A strong Treaty would finally give governments the power to hold polluters to account and would be a huge step towards a plastic free future.
– To be an environmental leader on the world stage, the UK must radically reduce the plastic we produce, and stop dumping it on other countries. – The likes of Coca Cola, PepsiCo & Nestlé will never be as ambitious as we need them to be, because they put profits before people and planet. This is why governments must agree to global targets and standards that force multinational companies to reduce their plastic footprint. – Over the next few years we’ll be standing up to powerful corporate interests – who will continue to lobby governments to weaken this Treaty.
– Focus on producing less plastic rather than just recycling – Make richer countries fuelling the plastic crisis support poorer countries to tackle it. – Ensure compliance from government and industry. – Push big brands to drastically reduce single-use plastic pollution. – Keep oil and gas in the ground (plastic is made from oil). – Slow down the devastating effects of climate change. – Hold countries to account for managing their own waste.
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pounds of plastics have entered the ocean
The oceans face a massive and growing threat from something you encounter everyday: plastics. An estimated 33 billion pounds of plastic leaks into the marine environment from land-based sources every year—this is roughly equivalent to dumping two garbage trucks full of plastic into the oceans every minute.
As plastics continue to flood into our oceans, the list of marine species affected by plastic debris expands. Tens of thousands of individual marine organisms have been observed suffering from entanglement or ingestion of plastics permeating the marine environment—from zooplankton and fish, to sea turtles, marine mammals and seabirds.
Plastics never go away. Instead, they break down into smaller and smaller pieces, which act as magnets for harmful pollutants. When eaten by fish, some of those chemical-laden microplastics can work their way up the food chain and into the fish we eat.
Plastics in our oceans threaten the viability of critical marine ecosystems, but marine plastic pollution is not just a problem for our oceans. The extent to which we, too, are being affected by the plastics that have become so ubiquitous in our environment—in our food, water and air—is a topic of extensive research.
Unfortunately, one of the most popular solutions to plastic pollution falls far short. A meager 9% of all plastic waste generated has been recycled. Recycling alone is not enough to solve the plastics crisis. To have an impact, we must reduce the amount of single-use plastic being produced at the source.
Oceana campaigns to do just that in strategic coastal countries that produce for more than 30% of the world’s plastic waste.
Solving the plastics problem in our oceans will ultimately take concerted action from companies, governments and advocates like you.
From multinational corporations to local restaurants – companies need to adopt alternatives to single-use plastics.
At all levels, governments need to enact smart legislation and regulations that limit or eliminate single-use plastics and ensure they don’t end up in our oceans.
Consumers have the most important role of all. Make your voice heard, and lead by example.
Oceana campaigns in eight countries and the European Union to achieve meaningful reductions in ocean plastic pollution by reducing the production and use of throwaway plastics.
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