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Together We Can End Our Ocean’s Plastic Crisis

Restoring Integrity to the Oceans (RIO) is a group dedicated to eliminating harmful plastics from our World’s Oceans. Our goal is to actively use aggressive techniques to remove the existing plastic material from the Oceans while using existing and identifying new recycling tactics to prevent plastics from entering the waste stream and use education and activism to reduce pollution in the Oceans.


Our goal is clean the World’s Oceans while we help mitigate the flow of plastics into all our waterways, ensuring plastic material does not become a future threat to the Oceans and the Earth. Our vision is to see the World’s oceans free of plastic and help ensure responsible use of plastic products in the world.

10 Facts identifying the Problem:  


About 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually. Of those, 236,000 tons are micro plastics. – Tiny pieces of broken-down plastic smaller than your little fingernail


There are five massive patches of plastic in the oceans around the world. These huge concentrations of plastic debris cover large swaths of the ocean; the one between California and Hawaii is estimated to be larger than the size of Texas.


Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans.


The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to increase tenfold by 2020.


By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish (by weight).


Plastic is found in the ocean as far as 11 km deep, meaning synthetic fibers have contaminated even the most remote places on Earth.


Many marine organisms can’t distinguish common plastic items from food. Animals who eat plastic often starve because they can’t digest the plastic and it fills their stomachs, preventing them from eating real food.


The likelihood of coral becoming diseased increases from 4% to 89% after coming in contact with marine plastic. It also damages the skin of coral, allowing infection. Coral reefs are home to more than 25% of marine life.


There is more plastic than natural prey at the sea surface of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which means that organisms feeding at this area are likely to have plastic as a major component of their diets. For instance, sea turtles by-caught in fisheries operating within and around the patch can have up to 74% (by dry weight) of their diets composed of ocean plastics.

FACT #10

Many fish humans consume, including brown trout, cisco, and perch, have at one time or another, ingested plastic microfibers.


Estimated pounds of garbage end up in our oceans each year. This number is expected to double by 2025.

Response to natural disasters and hazardous materials into our waterways.

Restoring Integrity to the Oceans emergency disaster response team can respond to affected areas to support response efforts following powerful hurricanes, tsunamis and massive flooding that can strike countries at risk to these natural disasters causing immense debris, plastic and garbage to enter our oceans and waterways.  

Our emergency response teams can mobilize our network of partners and implement our response and recovery activities. We coordinate with on-the-ground actors, governments and other agencies to receive real time information and deploy our recovery systems to retrieve as much of the debris as possible reducing the amount that makes its way into our oceans and food supply. We can quickly mobilize staff and assets across a range of sectors as further needs are identified.

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