A Global Plastic Waste Problem
Over recent years however, the magnitude of plastic production and pervasiveness has led to dire consequences for the health of our oceans. Plastic production has increased 20-fold in the last 50 years and is expected to double again over the next 20 years.¹ In 2014 alone, over 343 million tons of plastic was created.¹
But only 5% of its material value is ultimately recycled for subsequent use.¹ That’s 95% of all plastic packaging material produced every year (valued at $80-120 billion) lost after the first use.¹
More Plastic than Fish
Almost 9 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year.¹ This equates to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.¹ Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing 269,000 tons, are currently floating on or just below the surface of the sea. At current pollution rates, the ocean will contain 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of fish by 2025, and more plastics than fish (by weight) by 2050.*
Garbage Patches of Plastic Pollution
There are five gyres (natural convergence zones of rotating ocean currents) in the ocean, which tend to collect marine debris. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is the largest collection of ocean debris in the world, measuring twice the size of Texas.² There, plastic pieces outnumber sea life 2 to 1. Learn more about the plastic crises at 5gyres.org
Our Oceans, Our Lives
Covering more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, oceans produces 90% of the oxygen living organisms breathe,¹ as well as a variety of natural resources like food, energy, raw materials and other products. Ocean waters also absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). By polluting the ocean with plastic we ultimately affect the quality of fish we eat and health of the planet.
the ocean produces 90%
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The Path to Cleaner Oceans: 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic
Rainbow Light EcoGuard® packaging is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable. This helps keep millions of plastic bottles from entering our oceans and natural habitats every year.