SOLUTIONS

Solutions as Wide as the Ocean Itself

Plastic in the ocean is a people problem, which means people like you can help solve it

For more than 30 years, Ocean Conservancy has brought together more than 12 million volunteers from 153 countries to participate in our annual International Coastal Cleanup. In that time, volunteers have picked up more than 220 million pounds of trash from the world’s beaches.

We’re so proud of the work this global family of volunteers has achieved together, but with plastic production increasing around the world, it’s clear that the ultimate solution is to keep plastic out of the ocean in the first place.

WE DEVELOP ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES TO RID THE OCEANS OF PLASTIC

Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans, of which the majority spills out from rivers. A portion of this plastic travels to ocean garbage patches, getting caught in a vortex of circulating currents. If no action is taken, the plastic will increasingly impact our ecosystems, health, and economies.

WE AIM TO CLEAN UP 90% OF OCEAN PLASTIC POLLUTION

To achieve this objective, we have to work on a combination of closing the source and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean and doesn’t go away by itself.

CLEANING UP THE GARBAGE PATCHES

OVER 5 TRILLION PIECES OF PLASTIC CURRENTLY LITTER THE OCEAN

Trash accumulates in five ocean garbage patches, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California. If left to circulate, the plastic will impact our ecosystems, health, and economies. Solving it requires a combination of closing the source, and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean.

Ripple Effects

You Can Be Part of the Solution

Did you know that implementing waste collection and recycling globally can not only address the issue of ocean plastic pollution, but can improve public health by preventing the spread of infectious disease, reducing respiratory illnesses from open air burning of waste, and prevent food chain contamination of both livestock and fish and shellfish?

Getting waste management right improves more than ocean health. It can increase economic and job growth, make us healthier and reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses.

If you’re like us, you don’t want to see an ocean swimming with plastics. That’s why we’re committed to bringing together the private sector, NGO organizations, government, stakeholders and countless partners dedicated to stop plastic at the source, before it reaches our ocean.

It’s thanks to supporters like you that we’re able to tackle this problem from the local to the international level, working to stop plastics from reaching our ocean at all points along the pollution pipeline. This is a complex issue and it will take all of us—from corporate responsibility to government engagement and public involvement—to craft lasting solutions.