The contamination of the oceans by plastics is an added problem to global warming, acidification and overfishing. The oceans form 72% of the earth’s surface and are our main suppliers of oxygen. Plastic pollution is therefore a serious threat to earth’s vital ecosystem, especially because plastic does not biodegrade. Through the degradation and fragmentation of plastics into small pieces, all our water changes into a global soup of microplastics. Toxic chemicals are also released by these plastics. Animals, even zooplankton, mistake the broken down plastic for food. In this way toxic waste often enters our food chain. A large part of the world’s population is dependent on food from the ocean. The plastic contamination of the water can do serious harm to our health. Against this background, the Plastic Soup Foundation (PSF) wants to call a halt to the increasing plastic contamination of our oceans. The PSF wants to strongly advocate for that no more plastic enters in the sea in the future.
- The PSF aims to prevent even more plastic entering the environment in all possible ways.
- The PSF supports measures which prevent leakage of plastic waste into the environment (into the sea).
- The PSF seeks international cooperation with experts, politicians, organisations, universities and businesses that have a similar vision and objectives.
- The PSF works closely together with leading scientists, researchers and enterprises.
- The PSF wants to shape and support a movement that, using social media, encourages the active participation of citizens and involves them in working on solutions and compiling a list of good practices.
- The PSF informs the public and gives lectures at schools.
- The PSF wants microplastics which enter the environment to be considered harmful emissions. Products which contain these microplastics or cause them must be phased out or banned by law.
- The PSF strongly supports assisting developing countries in tackling pollution problems. Alternatives have to be developed that take the local culture and context into account. This is pursued through a collaborative process of sustainable and interactive development.
- The PSF supports actions that aim to remove plastic from the sea, the beaches and islands.