Plastic Polluted Ocean

“Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest”

-  Charles Moore,

Algalita Marine Research Foundation

Listen to Moore's TED Talk

8 Million metric tons of Plastic enters the Ocean each year

Ocean Conservancy, NOAA

What is plastic?

Image by Terry Vlisidis
Record Player

The rise of plastics

A brief history of how our society became dependent on plastic

Sources of marine plastic debris

Paper Waste
Image by Naja Bertolt Jensen

Micro-

plastics

plastics 

IN THE

MARINE ENVIROMENT

Plastic Bag in Ocean
Used Plastic Bottle on Beach

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The United States produces the most plastic waste globally producing 42,027,215 metrics tons in 2016.

The same year the United States ranked third globally in waste mismanagement.

Law, K. L., Starr, N., Siegler, T. R., Jambeck, J. R., Mallos, N. J., & Leonard, G. H. (2020). The United States’ contribution of plastic waste to land and ocean. Science advances, 6(44), eabd0288.