The Plastic Problem

Plastic is trashing our oceans

In 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons (one metric ton is 2,200 lbs).

So that means that each year, we are producing the plastic equivalent of 56,000 elephants.

Roughly half of that plastic is single-use products.  Things like disposable utensils, shopping bags, soda & water bottles, and straws....

Items that we use for minutes stay in the oceans and environment for hundreds of years!

How does it get in the ocean? Trash that doesn't make it into landfills or that doesn't get recycled can get washed into storm drains and ends up in rivers and streams. Those waterways might be far upstream from the shores of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Southern, and Arctic Oceans - but plastic makes its way to those oceans nonetheless.

Ocean Heroes can help stop it!

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All over the world, 20,000 single-use plastic bottles

are thrown away PER SECOND

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Scope of the Problem

For a deeper understanding of how big the problem of plastics really is, check out these articles.

But how does plastic effect the environment and me?