Plastic has become ubiquitous on store shelves and in our homes. From
wrapped food and disposable bottles to microbeads in body washes, it’s used
widely as packaging or in products because it’s versatile, cheap, and
convenient. But this convenience comes with a price. Plastic waste is
entering the ocean at a rate of about 11 million metric tons a year, where
it is harming marine life and damaging habitats.
How did we get here? We have been producing vast quantities of plastic
products and have had few measures in place to regulate their use or
properly manage their disposal.
“Breaking the Plastic Wave,” a global analysis using first-of-its kind modeling, shows that we can cut
annual flows of plastic into the ocean by about 80% in the next 20 years by
applying existing solutions and technologies. No single solution can
achieve this goal; rather, we break the plastic wave only by taking
immediate, ambitious, and concerted actions.