Every day 8 million of waste ends up in the biggest bin of modern societies: the Ocean.
Marine mammals are choking; oceans are suffocating and Mankind is under threat: such pollution holds many negative consequences for the environment. Only a reduction at the source will ensure a sustainable and efficient fight against such catastrophe.
Steps of our action
The ocean: the biggest rubbish bin of human activity
What is waste? Aquatic waste is an item 100% of human origin abandoned in the environment.
By following the water cycle waste thrown away on the continent ends up in the oceans and eventually on the coastline. For several years the exponential increase of its presence in the marine environment is directly related to the evolution of our consumption behaviours. The majority of waste found in the marine environment is composed of daily consumption items. Our consumption behaviours also impact the type of waste present in the marine environment: plastic represents more than 70% of litter.
The amount of waste found in the oceans is such that its build-up has created massive continents whose size represents 1/3 of Europe.
The impact of marine litter on our oceans
100,000 marine mammals killed
Suffocating sea beds
Plastic microparticles impacting
the food chain
Physical threat for Mankind
5 continents of waste
formed in the oceans
$13 billion damages
on the tourism economy
Change behaviours to reduce waste at the source
Reduce industrial waste
Pass laws aiming at reducing waste
Surfrider aims at reducing 50% of waste inflowing the marine environment by 2020. This goal can be reached if all stakeholders, citizens, industrialists and decision-makers are committed to the implementation of concrete solutions.
Meetings with parliamentarians, participation in international conferences, petitions relay, etc., all actions aimed at influencing the regulation. Surfrider also develops educational sessions on the issue of marine litter, accessible to the general public and schools throughout Europe
What we do
Study, Educate, Convince
Riverine Input The project aims at the establishment of a scientific protocol for quantification and identification of waste at the scale of a watershed.Learn more about the project
Understand the origins of waste
All these activities is complemented by an important work of scientific research to better understand the problem of marine litter. By studying the waste water from the source, assessing them to the oceans by rivers, we aim to find effective solutions to reduce them.
Ban The Bag
The Oceans initiatives aim to boost the dynamics of citizen behavioral change and societal evolution expansion to reduce pollution at source.Sign the petition
Put pressure on public authorities
Such citizen mobilisation is also a strong message sent out to European political institutions which is what Surfrider is campaigning for through proper lobbying work. We advocate for qualitative and quantitative goals and ambitions to fight against this scourge.
The Oceans initiatives aim to boost the dynamics of citizen behavioral change and societal evolution expansion to reduce pollution at source.Participate
Increase awareness of European citizens
Since 1995 Surfrider Foundation Europe has been undertaking awareness and education actions for citizens across Europe. The aim is to draw attention to the marine litter issue through beach, lake and river clean-ups. In doing so every participant becomes aware of how one’s daily actions impact the marine environment.