XMAS CATALOGUE 2023 31 oceancycle.co LET’S STOP THE OCEAN PLASTIC Prevention is key Over 80% of plastic in our oceans starts on land, and research shows that what does get in the water sinks to the bottom and is difficult to recover. Most ocean plastic cannot be recycled Plastic in the water gets degraded by salt and light and attracts toxins and microorganisms. It also breaks into small pieces and mixes with other plastics making cleaning and sorting difficult and costly. The problem is bad and getting worse Over 11 million tons of new plastic enters the ocean each year, a figure that is projected to triple by 2040. People are the answer Plastic is collected by hand in the countries most at risk for ocean plastic pollution. Solving the problem requires understanding the needs of community collectors and providing them with the tools for success.