Humans produce a huge amount of plastic every year and a large proportion is for single use convenience. It gets used for a very short period of time and is then discarded. It takes thousands of years to break down and a huge amount of this deadly plastic ends up in the ocean. Fish are drowning after mistaking the floating plastic for food. Seabirds are unable to take-off under the weight and it's not just the small animals. Whales, dolphins and turtles are all affected. The ocean is at breaking point and it needs our help. Please get involved #DoSomethingToday
8 Million tonnes of plastic litter enters the oceans every year.
There is currently an estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic in the ocean.
In parts of the world there is more plastic in the sea than plankton
One million seabirds are killed by marine litter every year.
100,000 marine mammals (such as turtles, dolphins, whales and seals) are killed by plastic marine litter every year around the world.
It's in the food chain - On average there will be 90 pieces of micro plastic in a portion of mussels and 10 pieces in every oyster consumed by humans.
The chemical compound that makes plastic, BPA, is released into the wild. This is heavily linked to being a major contributing factor to cancer.
More than 260 animal species worldwide have become entangled in or consumed fishing line, nets, ropes and other discarded equipment.
An astounding 86 per cent of all marine turtles are affected by marine debris.
Every day ships throughout the world discard 5.5 million pieces of rubbish into our oceans.