At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in oceans every year.
Most people are now aware of the huge plastic pollution issue throughout the worlds oceans, seas and rivers. A number of charities, volunteers and organisations are doing great work in collecting floating plastic from beaches, shores and garbage patches. Progress has even been made in trying to stop plastics getting in to the watercourses in the first place.
However, much like the analogy of an iceberg, the real problem is lying below the surface in the form of microplastics. Microplastic comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and comes from multiple sources, what it all has in common though is that the size of this plastic is smaller than 5mm in size and doesn’t float nicely at the top of the water to be collected. What’s worse is that studies studies suggest it’s everywhere; as much as 4 billion microfibers per km² is estimated to be in our oceans!
Research and studies are still being conducted extensively throughout the world by people much smarter than us at Triton, but it should be crystal clear to everybody that this situation needs to change FAST.