The world’s oceans have become a waste dump, with large areas that are full of plastic bags, bottles and packagings. According to the German Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) swims until to 140 million tons of waste in the oceans. The causes for the environment are devastating.
If big plastic waste – from plastic bags until fishing nets – get across rivers or directly into the ocean, large parts are crumbled or reduced to small pieces through wind, weather or tides into secondary micro plastic. Round about six to ten percentage of the worldwide plastic production ends according to the study from FEA up in the world’s oceans. It is assumed that until 30 million tons per year ends up worldwide in the ocean – therefrom in Europe 3.4 to 5.7 million tons per year (source: German Federal Environmental Agency FEA).