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Why you need to act now!

We could be consuming over 100,000 microplastics a year. That’s approximately 5 grams of plastic a week, 21 grams a month, 250 grams a year. 

Eight million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year, including the Mediterranean Sea. They break down into tiny bits called microplastics, small enough to enter our food chain, along with other types of microplastics like those that are released when we wash our clothes. The Mediterranean is one of the most polluted seas by microplastic. Plastic contaminates the soil, rivers and oceans. It even enters our food chain. Every year, people and animals are ingesting more plastic from food and drinking water (more information here)

Many of us are doing our bit to reduce plastics pollution, but it’s time that governments and businesses took their full responsibility too. Join our fight. Call on our governments to introduce a global legally binding agreement to stop plastics polluting our oceans!

The Mediterranean, one of the most polluted seas

600,000 tonnes of plastic are dumped into the sea every year, this is the equivalent of throwing 33,800 plastic bottles into the sea every minute. A lot of marine species - cetaceans, turtles, seabirds - are already impacted by plastic.

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