If we filtered all the salty waters of the world, we would discover that each square kilometer contains about 46,000 micro-particles of plastic in suspension.
Impressive numbers, of a phenomenon that is not limited to the five "plastic islands" in the continuous growth in the oceans but also touches our Mediterranean Sea.
Have we reached a point of no return?
Do we still have time to change course?
Guarantee a reduction in the amount of plastic that ends up in the sea?
To answer these questions, you need to understand the scenario well.
How does the plastic end up in the sea?
The data from the Science Advances study say: world production of resins and plastic fibers has grown from 2 million components in 1950 to 380 in 2015.
Over 8,300 million products produced over 65 years have made plastic one of the industrial symbols.
In our everyday life it has become so much so that it is difficult to think of an object that does not contain polymers, even minimally. But this production has its downside.
Plastic is the longest-kept synthetic product, it degrades completely by itself in years of years.
It is therefore logical that, if not burned or recycled correctly, it will end up in the environment.
Unfortunately, in these years of growing demand, only 20% of the plastic used has been recycled or incinerated. Everything else is accumulated as waste on land and in water.
As a result, 4 to 12 million plastic leaks end up in waters around the world each year, causing 80% of the seabed.