IPEN International Pollutants Elimination Network

Plastic Litter is Carrying Toxic Chemicals

It has been estimated that 4.8-12.7 million tonnes of plastics enter the oceans every year. Plastics are made from carbon and chemicals and many of the chemicals can leach out from the plastics — this means that plastic litter can act as carriers of toxic chemicals to remote regions.

Read our factsheet on the global spread of chemicals from plastics.

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