Marine plastic pollution – take action!

Marine plastic pollution poses a major threat to marine biodiversity, killing an estimated 100,000 marine mammals and one million birds every year.

The equivalent of the contents of one refuse truck is entering the ocean every minute – if this continues, by 2025 the ocean will contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish and by 2050 more plastics than fish.



In the UK, coffee drinkers use approximately three billion disposable cups per year – but fewer than one per cent are currently recycled.

Plastic drinks bottles are frequently among the top four litter items found on UK beaches, with numbers in 2015 up by 43 per cent compared to 2014.

In Europe, cosmetic microbeads could be adding up to 8,600 tonnes of plastic per year to the marine environment.



You can help end marine plastic pollution by taking individual actions to avoid the irresponsible use and disposal of plastic – and also by joining our campaign to persuade governments to do more. Here are a few things you can do:

• Make sure you buy microbead-free personal care products, using this handy Good Scrub Guide from Fauna & Flora International and the Beat the Microbead App

• Avoid single-use plastics and unnecessary packaging

• Always carry a re-usable carrier bag and drinks bottle

• Re-use, recycle and dispose of waste responsibly

• Don’t flush plastic! Avoid disposing of any plastics down the toilet or drain and buy plastic-free cotton buds

• Join Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean

• Join The Great Nurdle Hunt to help monitor the loss of industrial plastic pellets into our oceans


Lost at Sea cover

For more information, read the EIA report Lost at Sea: The urgent need to tackle marine litter.