31 Aug '17, 12pm

Pledge to End Ocean Plastics

We know our oceans and coastlines are choking on plastic . We've all seen plastic bottles, food wrappers and plastic bags polluting beaches, and been horrified by the stories of marine creatures like seabirds and whales starving when their stomachs become packed full of plastic. Scientists have shown that up to 12 million tonnes of plastic is entering our oceans every year—that's a rubbish truck full every minute. Single-use plastic packaging for food and drink is a particularly common part of the problem. But how does plastic actually get into our oceans? While about a fifth of marine litter is made up of fishing gear and other materials lost at sea by accident, industrial losses or illegal dumping, we know that roughly 80 percent of litter in the seas comes from land. Our Rubbish The sheer amount of plastic that has been generated in the past 60 years is mind boggling . ...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/ocean-plastics-greenpeace-247615...

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