World Oceans Day: every action counts
80% of maritime pollution is of land-based origin and 90% is caused by plastics. Plastic waste, when not collected, sorted and recovered on land, eventually reaches the seas and oceans via rivers where it breaks down into micro and nanoplastics. Water from washing machines is also responsible: one washing cycle releases thousands of plastic microfibres (contained in synthetic clothing) into the sewage network.
Which is why the fight against ocean pollution must continue on land, by managing and recovering waste properly and by improving wastewater treatment. Everyone can take action to protect the oceans: institutions, companies, associations, citizens.