IN THE NEWS
A whopping 91% of plastic IS NOT recycled. About 8 million metric tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean annually. Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish (by weight). Of those, 236,000 tons are micro plastics (from our washing machines when washing synthetic fibres like polyester, nylon, acrylic etc garments or exist in our personal hygiene products) – these are tiny pieces of broken-down plastic smaller than your little fingernail that make it from the washing machine/sink into the waterways and into the ocean.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT
The air we breathe: The ocean produces over half of the world's oxygen for us humans and all other species and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. It is also important for climate regulation. Covering 70 percent of the Earth's surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.