Join The Movement to Stop Plastic Pollution!
What’s the problem with plastic?
Plastics are choking our waterways, marine life, and even our bodies. The latest study1 shows that since large-scale plastic production began in the 1950s, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced. Plastic takes hundreds of years to biodegrade, and only a small percentage of what is produced is recycled.
How bad is the problem?
Each year more than 8 million metric tons2 of plastic end up in our oceans, and microplastics -- including microbeads and microfibers -- present the biggest challenge. There are 51 trillion microplastic particles suspended in our seas. That's 500 times more than the number of stars in our galaxy.3
If current trends continue, researchers predict over 13 billion tons of plastic will be discarded in landfills or in the environment by 2050.4 In fact, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.5 We’ve seen pictures of marine life suffocating from plastic—100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds are killed from plastic in the ocean every year.6
What can I do?
It’s not just what you can do, but what WE can do collectively. Yes you can recycle; yes you can use reusables; yes you can refuse single-use plastics. But we’ve reached the point where these individual actions are not enough.
The only way to stop global plastic pollution is to stop it at the source. We must push for stronger regulation of plastics production and demand that companies are held accountable for the products they produce, to spur innovation in how products are packaged and delivered.
Will you take the pledge to fight for a plastic-free future?
1/4. "Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made." Science Advances. July 19, 2017. Vol. 3, no. 7.
2/3. "‘Turn the tide on plastic’ urges UN, as microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy." UN News Centre, July 28, 2017.
5. "By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, study says." The Washington Post, January 20, 2016.
6. "Facts and figures on marine pollution." UNESCO.