Globeshrinks – Oceans free from plastic waste

Plastic debris in the oceans is a serious danger to the marine ecosystems, but also for our own health.

About 40 % of the Earth’s ocean surface is covered by plastic garbage patches. All fish in the world's oceans have plastic inside of them – and through the food chain plastic also travels to our plates.

The Globeshrinks' petition for plastic-free oceans has been handed over to the UN officials at the Division of the Law of the Seas on September 29th 2015. Thank you for your support!

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The ocean is not a dump

  • Every oceanic square nautical mile contains from 13 000 to 18 000 pieces of plastic. 60–80 % of the debris that ends up in the oceans is plastic. Roughly 10% of all the plastic produced, worldwide, ends up in the oceans.
  • Plastic has been found in over 260 species. All fish our oceans have plastic inside of them, but also 95 % of seabirds have plastic adhered to their digestive systems.
  • The sea water grinds the plastic debris into microscopic plastic particles. These microplastic particles move along the food chain to our human systems. Their influence on health remains still unknown, but they contain a high level of toxic chemicals.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean consists of 3.5 billion tons of plastic debris floating under water and on top of it. This “manmade continent” is still just one of the at least five enormous garbage gyres pushed together by tides and currents.

There is still no comprehensive international treaty to tackle the issue of plastic debris.

The Globeshrinks petition for an international treaty to stop ocean pollution. The petition will be handed over by the UN Association of Finland to the 70th UN General Assembly.

Sign and spread the word! #globeshrinks

Oceans free of marine litter - sign the Globeshrinks petition

Päivitetty viimeksi: 30.9.2015