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Plastics in Water

Plastic pollution threatens all life

Our seas, wildlife, our planet, and you. Most things we buy use disposable plastic. Many plastics are designed to be used just once.

We recover only 5 - 10% of the plastics we produce

Our ocean is a network of currents called gyres that circulate water globally. Five massive, slow rotating whirlpools accumulate plastic trash that washes out to sea and remains for decades or longer. In the ocean, floating plastics break into increasingly smaller particles but never completely disappear. Plastic particles act as sponges for waterborne contaminants like pesticides. 

Small ocean animals ingest tiny plastic particles, toxic particles that pass onto us when we eat seafood

Hundreds of ocean species are threatened by plastic pollution, as well as the survival of the ocean itself. Humans depend on the ocean for food and as a healthy ecosystem that maintains the balance of the greenhouse gas CO2. 

How much plastic trash is in the world's oceans?

More than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons are afloat at sea. Learn more in the trailer at left on the problem of plastic pollution in the world's ocean as explained by Dr. Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute and an array of esteemed colleagues from around the world.

 

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Plastics in Water

Oceanic Science Solutions

5 Gyres

Oceanic Science Solutions

5 Gyres

5 Gyres has been a global leader in researching the extent of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.  They have vision of a planet free of plastic pollution and they undertake a range of initiatives towards this aim.  They conduct field research, publish data, educate youth and consumers as well as business and government leaders about ocean plastics, and advocate for solutions. 

Water and Sanitation

Clean Water for All

Water1st International

Clean Water for All

Water1st International

A non-profit that supports high-quality water and sanitation projects that provide permanent solutions for the world’s poorest communities, improving health, education and women's lives in the process.

Global Warming

Science Initiatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science Initiatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

We can reduce global warming emissions and ensure communities have the resources they need to withstand the effects of climate change. The Union for Concenrned Scientists develop science-based solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.