+ 8,000,000 tons
of waste are dumped in the oceans every year
100,000 marine mammals are killed every year
+ than 1,400 marine species are already impacted
70 % of the floating waste end up sinking
450 years*for a plastic bottle to break down
*when under water, this time is almost infinite.
5 countries in South-East Asia are responsible for
60% of ocean plastic pollution
90 % of the plastic waste
ending up in oceans from rivers and streams come from
10 rivers and their tributaries
in Asia, Africa and South America.
Millions of Km2 are already polluted and have an impact on:
The main reason for the pollution is the absence of management of plastic waste in coastal and rivers areas and, to a lesser extent, the fishing and maritime industries. At this pace, in 2050, when the world population will reach 10 billion people there will be as many tons of plastic waste as fishes in the oceans.
(Source: Helen Mac Arthur Foundation).
In 30 years, 1 ton of plastic waste for 1 ton of fish.