Please support our #STOPthePlasticTide appeal
Marine litter kills over 100,000 marine animals each year through ingestion and entanglement - your donation can help stop this.
The plastic problem is everywhere – not a day goes by without new scientific evidence making headlines about the devastating impact it is having on our ocean. By now you’ll have seen the heartbreaking images of turtles tangled in plastic bags, seals with plastic rings around their necks and dead whales washed up with hundreds of plastic bags, bottles and drinking cups in their stomachs.
90% of seabirds, 56% of cetaceans and 50% of marine turtles have plastic in their stomachs. 33% of fish caught in the UK are found to contain plastic - your donation can help stop this.
And this is only part of the problem. As research progresses, we’re more aware of an even bigger issue: microplastics. Items like plastic bottles break down, unleashing millions of tiny particles into the sea - there’s an estimated 300 billion pieces floating in the Arctic Ocean alone. Manmade chemicals cling to these tiny particles which are then consumed by sea life, impacting the whole ocean ecosystem.
Our marine life is being choked, starved and poisoned. Plastic isn’t going to go away on its own, it’s time we did something about it.
A recent study has even found microplastics in the human gut, so it’s now in our food chain too.
We want to STOP plastic from entering the ocean in the first place and your support is essential!
Please help us make a difference. Your generous donations fund our vitally important work to make a healthy ocean a reality.
We use the data from our beach cleans to make changes at policy level – our statistics were instrumental in demonstrating the need for the plastic bag charge, banning microbeads in personal care products and laying the foundation for a possible ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds. Our public campaign calling for taxes on single-use plastic garnered huge public support, and we’ve seen the announcement of a plastic tax become a reality in the recent autumn budget - although it doesn’t go far enough.
Will you help us #STOPthePlasticTide?
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