Challenge

  • Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one liter bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.
  • Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).
  • Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences in the oceans making up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces.  80 percent of pollution enters the ocean from the land.
  • It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
  • Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
  • Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year.  (source: Brita)
  • The production of plastic uses around eight percent of the world’s oil production.
  • Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California and is the largest ocean garbage site in the world. This floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one.
Body Glove
High Society
Quiksilver
The Ranch at Laguna Beach
Hobie
Oceans Futures Society
Olukai
ECO-Warrior