The ocean the most vulnerable environment to plastic waste. Not only is it almost impossible to remove plastic once it has entered the ocean, but plastic is also being ingested by marine life throughout the food chain– and ultimately by humans. Fauna & Flora and our global partners are working together to tackle the causes and effects of plastic pollution.
Ournot-so-wonderful ‘wonder material’
Plastic has helped humanity progress in ways unimaginable only a century ago, from revolutionising healthcare to prolonging the lifespan of foods.
But plastic is devastating to nature – particularly the ocean. Once plastic enters the sea, it is carried by waves and storms and is broken down into smaller and smaller pieces – eventually to the size of a grain of sand – but never fully disappears. Plastic is being ingested by an enormous variety of marine life, from microscopic plankton to blue whales, and is polluting parts of the world that lack the resources to deal with the problem.
Only twenty percent of the plastic pollution in our seas and oceans comes directly from illegal dumping at sea or commercial fishing activity. The majority enters the oceans from land-based sources of plastic debris and even from our very own homes.
A plastic bag was found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench – the deepest point in the ocean –at a depth of 10,975 metres.
Tackling plastic pollution together
Fauna & Flora and our global partners are tackling marine plastic pollution worldwide. From targeting the issue at its very source through international policy change, to finding solutions to specific pollution problems in the countries where we work, we are collectively working towards a world where our ocean is plastic-free, as it used to be for millennia.