Since 1950, global plastic production has been steadily increasing. It reached a record level of 320 million tonnes in 2015, equivalent to 10.1 tonnes per second, consuming about 8% of world oil production.
If plastic consumption continues at the same rate, the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish in 2025 and 2050, more plastic than fish, in terms of weight.
Moreover, in 1997, we have discovered the existence of a "seventh continent". Its area is 3.5 million km2 (1/3 of Europe, 6 times France & 120 times Belgium) We estimate that 267 marine species are highly affected by the waste.