End the Plastics Problem
How you can help save our oceans from plastic pollution
Join Oceana to End the Plastics Problem and Save the Oceans
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. When 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
8 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
Tackling the plastics problem is a massive undertaking that’s going to require all of us, but together we can solve it.
At all levels, need to enact smart legislation and regulations that limit or eliminate single-use plastics and ensure they don’t end up in our oceans.
From multinational corporations to local restaurants – need to adopt alternatives to single-use plastics.
Like you have the most important role of all. Make your voice heard, and lead by example.
Vote through the ballot and with your wallet to ensure governments and companies recognize, own and act on the threat plastic pollution poses to our oceans. Limit single-use plastics in your own daily life, and recycle where possible. You can make a difference in the plastic pollution problem right now.
Take the #BreakFreeFromPlastic Pledge
Building a Movement to Stop Plastic Pollution for Good
An international group of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) is coming together to do something big. Our goal is to work together to stop plastic pollution. We are trying to make this movement as big as possible, and we want you to join! We share the common values of environmental protection and social justice, and these shared values guide our work in building the world in which we wish to live.
Are you ready to be part of this movement? By signing on below, you can add your name to the list of groups who have committed to work together based our shared Vision and Principles. Complete the form to join our email list—and let’s get to work!