the plastic problem

The Science

There is incredible scientific evidence that single-use plastics harm our environment, our wildlife, and our health. Below are some resources to explore that explain the science behind plastic pollution.

Plastic harms human health

Read the article below to explore the impacts of plastic pollution on human health.

More science resources

Read the article below to explore the impacts of plastic pollution on human health.

5 Gyres Science to Solutions Research Hub

The 5 Gyres Research Lab offer a huge resource library of scientific articles organized by impact and geography.

United Nations Environmental Programme

The UNEP is taking the problem of global plastic pollution seriously and offers a bunch of great resources on the science behind the problem.


Video evidence is one of the best ways to show the impact of plastic pollution.
Here are a few examples for you to watch, and use in your future campaign!

Plastic Pollution, Our Oceans, Our Future
As Hawai'i contemplates joining over 60 places in the US to ban the use of throwaway styrofoam/polystyrene - 17 students from Hawai'i vision a future for their oceans...

Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans

Overview of the article "Plastic pollution in the world's oceans: More than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons afloat at sea," by Dr. Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute

How does plastic affect our health?

Many plastics release chemicals that have estrogenic activity (EA). EA happens when a chemical like BPA or phthalates enters the body and mimics the hormone estrogen. Plastic Oceans Foundation

A Plastic Ocean

Plastic - both a wonderful invention and a scourge on our planet. Over 300 million tons will be produced this year. United Nations & Plastic Oceans Foundation

How We Can Keep Plastics Out of Our Ocean

Plastic pollution poses one of the biggest known threats to the ocean, influencing all ecosystems from beautiful coral reefs to abyssal trenches, eventually accumulating in our own food. Learn more about how to upend the current system of produce-use-discard, and transition to a system which promotes reuse and repurposing of plastics.

National Geographic

Sea Turtle with Straw Stuck in Nostril

This sea turtle was found in Costa Rica with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril. Researchers worked hard to remove the obstruction so the turtle could survive. Costa Rican Sea Turtles



Below are images that provides visual evidence of the impact of plastic pollution.

Are there solutions?

Scientists are working hard to combat the effects of plastic pollution, and offer solutions and alternative to plastics. Read the article below to see some of the alternatives proposed.

Ready to become part of the solution?