Annually, an estimated 8 million tons now ends up in our oceans. New studies show that ingested plastic damages the internal organs of fish. This is now raising concerns about the safety of our seafood. Aquatic life and seabirds ingest this marine plastic waste as it photo-degrades. There is the potential risk of extinction of many sea life species and the interruption of the marine ecosystem.
Since plastic it was introduced in the 1950s, more than 8.3 billion tons have been produced globally. It is now estimated that nearly 4.6 billion tons are now accumulating either in landfills or out in the environment. Every year, 8 million tons of plastic find their way to the oceans, polluting and depleting our most important shared natural resource.
It is predicted that next year the world will consume 350 million tons of plastic. Upcycling just 5% of marine waste will remove 17.5 million tons of plastic from the oceans.