About Ocean Bound Plastic
Plastics are composed of monomers bound together to form macromolecules (polymer chains). There are increasing concerns due to their non-biodegradability, their chemical toxicity for human health, and the generation of toxic gases, especially in open-air waste burning.
Nowadays, a world without plastic seems unlikely. However, the production and disposal of plastic are responsible for significant greenhouse gas emissions and, when poorly managed, generate plastic pollution in the natural environment. Around 6,300 million tons of plastic waste are thought to have been generated between 1950 and 2015, of which only 9% were recycled and 12% incinerated. Almost 80% of this waste is consequently accumulated in landfills or natural environments, such as rivers and oceans.