This interactive diagram shows the top causes of ocean plastic pollution. Most of the plastic that pollutes our oceans comes from land - in fact it is estimated that 80% of ocean plastic pollution originates here, flowing into the oceans through sewers, rivers, in the wind or simply being left on the beach. Shipping and fishing are the most common reasons for plastics lost directly into the ocean.
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Science | Ages 11 - 14
Ocean Plastics Science is a Key Stage 3 (KS3) resource combining both biology and chemistry. Students discover the journey plastic takes from manufacture, use, and disposal into the ocean. Included are teacher resources that allow students to emulate real research conducted by The University of Plymouth.