Supported in 2017
Reducing plastic pollution
Plastic plays a big role in our daily lives. After we’ve used it – often for disposable packaging – we just throw it away. According to OceanCare, the thin plastic bags we use for grocery shopping are, on average, turned into waste within 25 minutes. Plastic does not biodegrade, and our oceans are full of it. OceanCare says around nine million tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans every year.
Without action, by 2050, the ocean is expected to contain more plastics than fish by weight.
OceanCare is striving for international bodies to implement concrete measures against litter pollution of the oceans, is working to prevent plastic from entering the oceans, facilitates beach cleanings and supports the rescue of seals, turtles and dolphins entangled in plastic debris.
Switzerland for the Oceans supported OceanCare in 2017.
Plastic debris in the oceans
Things you can do to stop
Educate yourself about plastic pollution
The five most prevalent plastic debris items in the oceans are:
1. Shopping bags
2. Bottle caps
3. Packaging material
4. Cups and tableware