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Learn About Plastic Pollution

348 million tons

The amount of plastic that is produced every year

11 million tons

The amount of plastic litter that enters the ocean every year


The amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills or the environment in Canada

Ocean Wise turns knowledge of the ocean into action for the ocean.

Our ocean is the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even the water we drink. But our ocean is in trouble. Issues like pollution, overfishing, and rising global greenhouse gas emissions pose an enormous threat to our ocean’s health.

This year's Earth Day theme is Planet vs Plastics - we're sharing this page as a resource to explore plastic pollution. This Earth Day, we want YOU to Be Ocean Wise. Help us stop plastic pollution, from source to shore.

Learn about plastic pollution using these resources!

View our plastic tips

For ways you can reduce your reliance on plastic every day.

Watch a video

About plastic pollution and its impact on the ocean.

Read the latest research

About how laundry pollution affects marine life.

Listen to a podcast

Featuring a researcher from the Ocean Wise Plastics Lab.

Watch a video

From Ocean Wise Youth grantees collecting ghost gear.

View our plastic education kit

Through this education kit’s activities, gain the knowledge, tools, and skills to become a leader of change.

Wash on cold and gentle

Your laundry settings can reduce the microfiber shed of your clothes.

Take the Plastic Pledge

And gain access to further learning opportunities and resources to tackle plastic pollution.

We're tackling plastic pollution from source to shore.

Support our research and direct action initiatives by making a donation, in honour of Earth Day.

Join the mailing list

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive emails about events, news about ocean successes and issues, and opportunities to support us.

Help spread the word

Share this page on social media and help get the word out on ocean conservation