It’s estimated that almost 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced across the globe each year – 8 million tonnes finds its way into our oceans, and only 10% of it is captured and recycled.
It might be easy to think that what we do inland has little or no impact on our oceans but the reality is that whether it's littering, microplastics or poorly managed bins and landfill sites, what we do here can be carried to the ocean every single day.
This is especially important to us as the River Thames is so intrinsically linked to our history. The lifeline of London, the Thames connects the city to the oceans however, millions of plastic pieces find their way into our city waterways each year and make their way to our oceans, destroying the delicate marine ecosystems and life below water.
THE STARK REALITY
If plastic pollution is not challenged, there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish in the ocean by 2025. By 2050, plastic in the ocean could outweigh fish
Plastics consistently make up 60 to 90% of all marine debris
Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined
Scientists have recently discovered microplastics embedded deep in the Arctic ice
Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the previous century