Plastic Ocean

Fast Facts

  1. The United Nations estimates that each one of us uses nearly 140 kilograms of plastic each year.
  2. More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.
  3. 100.7 billion plastic beverage bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, or 315 bottles per person.
  4. The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container.
  5. 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by marine plants.

Further Information:

  1. How We Can Keep Plastics Out of Our Ocean 
  2. Boyan Slat: How we will rid the oceans of plastic (May 2017) 
  3. Plastic Oceans Foundation [website]
  4. Wise up to plastic [ video]
  5. Australian Marine Conservation Society [website]

Photo Credit: Jorge Gamboa, Bicébé 2017