Whether we’ve done it knowingly or by accident, we’ve all contributed to ocean pollution at some point in our lives. But which areas of the UK create the most? Are consumers or corporations most to blame? And where does our rubbish end up?
Dive below the surface to discover the impact that we’re having on our planet, from drain to ocean.
As consumers we must shoulder a large portion of the blame, but industry and commerce sectors are also large contributors to the pollution in our oceans.
Cycle through the carousel to find out which areas of our society are struggling with responsible waste disposal the most.
It’s a little known fact that we also send large amounts of our waste to other countries around the globe who have more relaxed attitudes and rules about its disposal.
Follow our rubbish on its long and winding journey to the other side of the world.
Whether it’s blown off landfill sites or poured down drains, once it reaches the sea, our waste is taken on a number of different journeys, influenced by the currents in our oceans.
Discover how they transport our rubbish naturally and where it normally ends up.
With currents constantly transporting waste across the globe, rubbish gets caught at the points where they churn the most, called gyres. The most notorious example of this is the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch. However, what you may not know is that UK waste actually ends up in the North Atlantic Garbage Patch.
Find out what it’s made of and discover the sheer size of our very own man-made monstrosity now.
When talking about garbage patches, it makes sense to start with the most infamous example of them all... The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which has received notoriety through worldwide press coverage. However, it’s actually the North Atlantic Garbage Patch that’s home to the waste we dispose of due to the currents. We take a look at how this monstrosity was created and the types of waste that make up the majority of its structure.
Unfortunately, our problem with patches doesn’t stop there. They form in every gyre around the world so, worryingly, there are actually five Great Garbage Patches constantly growing in our oceans.
Discover the scale of the problem and how many patches there actually are now.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (East and West):
South Pacific Garbage Patch:
Indian Ocean Garbage Patch:
The South Atlantic:
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