A sea turtle entangled in a ghost net.
Photo credits: Francis Perez
Plastic is one of the most versatile materials on the planet. Its longevity makes it suitable for almost any purpose, but also means that when thrown away it does not decompose, and this creates a problem.
Of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes that has ever been created, 6.3 billion has become waste. Of this, only 9% has been recycled. There are already patches of garbage floating in the oceans that are greater in size than European countries.
The largest of these is known as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and is three times the size of France. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Something must be done to reintroduce plastic back into consumption.
1.15 TO 2.41 MILLION METRIC TONNES OF PLASTIC ARE ENTERING THE OCEAN EACH YEAR