Our mission is to change the world’s attitude to plastic in one generation.

Plastic pollution is a global issue that impacts both our ocean and our health. Through education, science and our film, Plastic Oceans is working to eliminate non-essential plastic to prevent this manmade disaster, before it is too late.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
Robert Swan OBE

The Foundation

We use over 300 million tonnes of new plastic every year.  Half of this we use just once and usually for less than 12 minutes.  8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year.

Over many years, as this plastic waste is carried along by ocean currents, it breaks up into tiny pieces.  So much is getting into our ocean that in some places these plastic particles outnumber plankton by a ratio of 26:1

A large amount of this “thrown away” plastic contains toxins such as BPA and phthalates.

Environmental Impact

“There is no away – because plastic is so permanent and so indestructible. When you cast it into the ocean, there is no away”
Sir David Attenborough

Animals and marine life suffer directly from plastic pollution. Birds feed on plastic, and an increasing number starve when their stomachs are full of plastic waste. 97.5% of Laysan Albatross chicks have plastic pieces in their stomachs.

Human Impact

Once in the ocean plastic pieces attract other toxins, released over decades from industry and agriculture. The concentration of these toxins increases as they are ingested and move up the food chain. These toxins are linked to cancer, infertility, auto immune disease, and cognitive and behavioural disorders. When tested 92.6% of Americans aged 6 and over had detectable levels of BPA in their bodies. The levels in children between 6 and 11 were twice as high as those in older Americans. (2011, Suzanne Freinkel, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story)

Recent News

IUCN World Coservation Congress 2016

Plastic Oceans presenting at IUCN World Conservation Congress

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We are delighted to announce that Plastic Oceans will be presenting at the up-coming World Conservation Congress, hosted by IUCN.  This year the theme is, Planet at the Crossroads. This…

Julian Lennon - Plastic Oceans Patron

Welcome to Julian Lennon

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Plastic Oceans Foundation is honoured to announce our brand new patron, Mr. Julian Lennon! Please wish him and yourselves a very happy ‪#‎WORLDOCEANDAY‬! Photo Credit: Deborah Anderson


Plastic Oceans Submission to the Environmental Audit

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Source: The Independent In a recent submission to the House of Commons’ Environmental Audit we have submitted a document that highlights how plastic materials become toxic once they make their…