The world’s oceans face a massive and growing threat from something you encounter every day: Plastics.

At least 5.25 trillion plastic particles currently float in our oceans, according to one study.

Plastics in our oceans threaten marine life, human health and the viability of critical marine ecosystems. Marine life dies from plastic ingestion and entanglement, litter covers our coral reefs, and our food chain becomes increasingly contaminated.

Plastics never go away. Instead, they break down into smaller and smaller pieces, which act as magnets for polluting toxins. Eaten by fish, those chemical-laden microplastics work their way up the food chain and into our food supply.

Solving the plastics problem in our oceans will ultimately take concerted action from companies, governments and ocean advocates like you.

  • 52% of sea turtles have eaten plastic debris
  • 13 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year
  • By 2050, 99% of all seabird species will have plastics in their digestive tracts