While the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has made waves around the world for its sheer magnitude, it’s actually the buildup of often small, easily consumable plastics that have dramatic effects on our oceans. A recent report by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicted that by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish.
"We all depend on the ocean for health," Anna Cummings, 5 Gyres executive director, said.
So, how are we combatting this issue? Countless nonprofits and NGOs, including Plastic Pollution Coalition and 5 Gyres, are working across borders to reduce plastic use on a global scale. This new wave of environmental activism is gaining momentum by tackling the problem from a cultural angle.
Click through to learn more about five plastics you can trash from your daily routine before World Oceans Day on June 8.