80% of Marine Debris is Plastic

Marine plastic debris is sourced from both the land and water

Land Based Sources
Mismanaged Waste

Mismanaged Waste

Less than one fifth of plastics are recycled

Litter

Litter

PPE has become a significant pollutant

Wastewater

Wastewater

Wastewater is a direct source of microbeads and microfibers. Microfibers are released when synthetic fabrics are washed.

Microbeads

Microbeads

Many soaps and cosmetic products contain tiny plastic beads

Water Based Sources
Fishing Gear

Fishing Gear

Commercial and recreational fishermen loose gear that can entangle marine organisms

Cruise Ships

Cruise Ships

Cruise ships release large amounts of wastewater and debris

Shipping

Shipping

Lost shipping containers contribute both pre and post production plastic materials

Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas

Oil and gas drilling platforms contribute debris during construction and operation