Crochet for the Coast

Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is a problem faced by oceans and countries all over the planet. The plastic in our oceans affects the ecosystems there severly, so we should do our part to keep plastic bags out of our oceans.

Plastic Bags in the Ocean

  • Up to one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year – that’s 160,000 a second.
  • If you linked them end to end they would circle the globe 4,200 times.
  • Around 10% of those will end up in our oceans.
  • Less than 1 in 7 plastic bags are recycled.
  • The US is responsible for around 327 billion bags that end up in the seas.
  • A plastic bag is used on average for 15 minutes.
  • It can take anything between 20-1000 years for a plastic bag to break up.
Statistics taken from this website

Companies to Check Out


This company creates bracelets and other prouducts out of plastic that has been collected in the ocean. Each bracelet takes one pound of plastic out of the ocean and off of coastlines!

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Fourth Element

This company makes swimwear, diving equipment, and other clothing items from recycled materials. They work hard to minimize their impact on the world's oceans.

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