Fact Sheets

Plastic Oceans Foundation UK Fact Sheets

Download the fact sheets to learn more about the plastics problem in our oceans.

Fact sheet - Seabirds Shearwaters

The problem has escalated as the amount of plastic in our oceans has increased leading to these birds now being classified as near threatened by the IUCN.


Fact sheet - Deep sea

Around 70% of plastic sinks, but there is currently no global estimate into how much plastic is present in the deep sea.


Fact sheet - Mediterranean and turtles

Turtles are known to be affected by plastic litter in range of ways. Turtles use sight and scent to select their prey and often mistake plastic for prey as marine plastic can look and smell like natural prey.


Fact sheet - how does the plastic get to the sea

Plastic is light and is easily blown into water sources. This plastic can come from people mindlessly dropping their litter in the street to litter blown from landfill sites.


Fact sheet - plastic ingestion in whales

There are two types of whale – baleen and toothed whales. Baleen whales have 2 ‘comb- like’ keratin plates in their mouths that they use to filter their prey through, whereas toothed whales (including dolphins and porpoises) have teeth.


Fact sheet - ocean gyres

The world’s oceans have an estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating on the surface, making up 46% of all ocean plastic. Despite reports in the 1980s about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” which was “twice the size of Texas”, the Plastic Oceans Team and numerous scientists found something else much more worrying.