Marine litter

The subject of marine litter pollution repeatedly flickered through the media but so far we have not yet changed very much. Apparently there is still a need for information to change our behaviors. Per year about 6.5 million tons of trash flush into our oceans. 80 % of the waste in the sea comes from activities on land and consists of plastic!

According to Algalita in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest and most investigated garbage patch of the world the ratio of plastic to zooplankton
is 6:1, at concentrated places even 60:1, tendency rising!

Plastic is such a diverse and frequently used material that it is difficult to handle it ! There is plastic that decays very quickly and other that takes up to 400 years (some researchers even claim more than 1000 years!) !

So-called PBTs (persistent, bioaccumulated and toxic substances) are released  from synthetic plastics and are stored, attached to decomposing plastic pieces in the ocean. The consequences for man and nature are unpredictable!

A fascinating fact :
It costs 4000 USD to recycle
1 ton of plastic bags.
The value of the products produced is 32 USD!
So, re-use instead of throw away !

Sources of marine debris

  • Slow decay of plastic  -  no decomposition but photodegradation
  • Accidents and natural disasters
  • Fishing
  • Our culture of consumption
  • tire wear from vehicles and aireplanes
  • Disposable behavior; Single use items
  • Microplastics in cosmetics
  • Syntetic fibers in clothes
  • Littering mentality
  • Resources are too cheap - no real costs
  • Planned obsolesence



  • 3R: reduce reuse recycle -  Jack Johnson's Song
  • 5R: + repair, repurpose

 Symptom control

  • Beach cleanups
  • Take 3, on the beach, lake or anywhere else  take 3 pieces trash and you make a difference!


Long term approach

  • Closed material cycles:  Cradle to Cradle
  • Decroissance: Economic and social concept of "degrowth" - more info

A really awesome Idea is

Machines to process plastic , homemade, can be installed anywhere, easy and simply cool, check out their homepage!

Research - Politics

To research the ocean is important! Nevertheless, we are calling for more solution-oriented approaches! Our planet is filled with plastics, we find it from A for Arctic over M for Mariana-Trench to Z for Zimbabwe, and even more alerting,  increasingly in our bodies! The first study which detect plastic particles in birds was in the 1960s, more than 50 years ago! Nevertheless, researchers around the world continue to study microplastics and their impact, which is good, but we should finally get ready to convert  knowledge into practice.
COUP supports the
PROYECTO MICROTROFIC  - we collect data on washed-up plastic pellets both on the beach and offshore and provide it to science.
We urge both politicians and the business community to actively initiate a rethink of our common business concept for the benefit of the planet and  humanity! We're ready for it, and YOU? #bethechangeyouwanttoSEA

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