The World's Oceans Could Have More Plastic Than Fish In Them By 2050

A gut-wrenching report from the World Economic Forum has estimated that if we don't start to seriously tackle the amount of plastic waste being generated, there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050, by weight.

"Each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean", the report reads, "which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute."

Despite some countries implementing strict recycling measures, and others coming up with methods of cleaning up after ourselves such as the Seabin and the Cleanup Initiative, it seems we've got a long way to go if we're going to properly safeguard marine life and our oceans.

Forget scuba diving, soon the oceans will have more plastic than fish. (Photo: FastCoExist)

Forget scuba diving, soon the oceans will have more plastic than fish. (Photo: FastCoExist)

The Economic Forum reports that the world economy loses a staggering $80 to $120 billion is lost in packaging every year.

Reusing existing plastic products would help; the report indicates that 32% of all plastic packaging escapes collection systems and most is only used once.

You can read the full report at the Forum's website.

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