Plastics have taken over the Earth. Its increasing production and use threaten to contaminate every corner of the planet, especially the seas, the final destination of many of them, seriously damaging the health of aquatic ecosystems and the survival of the species that inhabit them. We can find them on the beach, on the rocks, floating in the water and even in the deepest areas. From the Arctic to Antarctica, in populated areas and on uninhabited islands. Every year, the seas and oceans receive up to 12 million tons of garbage.
The world situation is dramatic, even more considering that the production of plastics continues increasing, reaching 380 million tons around the world in 2015.
These quantities, their easy dispersion and their slow degradation process make plastic the enemy number one of seas and oceans. Its use is a problem associated with the modes of consumption, since most are used for single-use packaging. Spain is the fifth largest producer in the EU.
Reducing the use and impact that plastics have on ecosystems is everyone's responsibility. Public administrations, manufacturing companies, and the user. During our trip and as we have been doing regularly, we will collect plastics and waste on the beaches. We will also try with the collaboration of local governments, to carry out more important collections in which local people can participate. We are currently working on future collaborations with AEBAN (Spanish Association of Marine Litter) and with its portuguese counterpart APLM. If you want to collaborate, please contact us (click here), any help will be very well received.