Founded in 2003, National Clean Beaches Week is held annually from July 1-7 to coincide with the 4th of July, the biggest beach holiday in America, and the most littered. In honor of our coastal home and the week of action and reflection, our Art Director, Kyrstin, depicts the mounting ocean plastic problem in this animation. Below are some statistics to consider, resources, and steps to take for Clean Beaches Week 2020.
Nine billion metric tons of plastic have been produced since 1950, a weight equivalent to 27,000 Empire State buildings or more than 1 billion elephants.
Eight million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year, a weight equivalent of nearly 90 aircraft carriers.
By the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
What simple things can you do to help change these numbers?