What do oceans plastics consist of?

Of the 8 million tons of plastic that enters the world’s oceans every year, 80% originates from land-based everyday post-consumer waste leakage, such as plastic bags, yoghurt pots, toothbrushes, plastic bottles, cigarette lighters, plastic...

Where do ocean plastics come from?

The increase in the use of plastic worldwide correlates with increasing incomes, growing economies and rising consumption in fast-growing emerging markets, compounded by under-developed waste management systems in these countries. There are 192 coastal...

How did things get so bad

Plastics and plastic packaging have become increasingly dominant in the consumer marketplace since their commercial development in the 1930s and are now used in every aspect of modern living. It is fair to say...

The effects of oceans plastics

The Convention on Biological Diversity in 2012, counted 663 species affected by marine debris. Nearly 90% of the impacts were associated with plastic debris and about 15% of the species affected through entanglement and...

Prevention at source

Currently there are no available tools to collect and clean up the accumulation of micro-plastic fragments in the open oceans. Prevention at source is therefore the key action to take in order to reduce...

Innovation

In response to the growing concern over this alarming scenario, many individuals, community groups, businesses and governments have initiated a range of programmes to direct attention to the problem and to attempt to slow...

National Action

National Action: to halt the leakage of waste to oceans from coastal nations The topics of waste management and waste reduction also need to be tackled at national levels in each coastal country so that...

Legislation

Legislation The Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other Matter, 1972 Also known as the London Convention, this is one of the first global conventions to protect the marine environment...

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