One of the Biggest Challenges of our Time
By Guest Blog- Published on June 14, 2016 by Virgin Unite
The estimated amount of waste that reaches the ocean each year is over eight million tons – the equivalent of five shopping bags of waste on each foot of our collective 217,000 mile global ocean coastline. A large proportion of this waste is plastic and it’s been suggested that there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050 – or even earlier if we don’t slow down current rates of illegal and overfishing.
Plastic is an integral part of so many of today’s products and services, much being used for single-use items and packaging. This, coupled with the global lack of infrastructure for recovering and recycling complex plastic materials, makes it easy to understand that plastic pollution is now becoming such a topical and important issue.