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FACTSHEET

PLASTIC POLLUTION

& OUR OCEANS

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INFORM | AWARENESS | UNDERSTAND

PLASTIC POLLUTION

& OUR OCEANS

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The FACTS

  • The Ocean accounts for approximately 97% of the Earth’s water and cover 71% of the world’s surface.

 

  • Plastic pollution isn't just directly damaging the health and functioning marine organisms that live in the sea, but may also be impacting our carbon cycle too- have impacts on how carbon is drawn down by the ocean.

  • Phytoplankton - 'phyto' means plant, 'plankton' means made to wander or drift. Phytoplankton, tiny plant like organisms that live in the sea and are responsible for the production of 50-80% of the oxygen on Earth.

  • Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans every year. Only 0.3 million tonnes of this plastic is floating on the ocean surface. Undeniably, plastic pollution is now the biggest killer of marine life.

  • Conservationists have already warned of a glut of single-use disposable masks and waterlogged latex gloves floating on seabeds resulting from the increased usage during Covid-19 adding to an existing growing problem.

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Download the Plastic Pollution and Our Oceans Fact Sheet to use as your own educational resource.

If you share our vision of eliminating plastic pollution in our oceans and preserving them for future generations to enjoy, then please get in touch.

EXTRA RESOURCES

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Sources: NOAA, USGS, World Wildlife Fund Organisation, World Economic Forum, guardian.com

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