Plastic floating in the ocean was first studied in 1972. It's now 46 years later and we are now seeing a huge media presence about the problem. Most of us like a beach holiday. Time to catch some rays, drink a cocktail and relax. But haven't you noticed the increase in plastic on the beach? Cigarette butts tend to come to mind - they are after all one of the biggest polluters! It might not make for a relaxing time for us but what must be happening to our amazing wildlife?
Here are just 5 videos that show the effect we are having on our oceans and wildlife. With more plastic being produced and a slow global response to the issue, what will the future look like for the next generation?