99% of the plastic that should be floating in the oceans is missing. Even accounting for the plastic that washes up on beaches or is trapped in arctic ice, millions of tonnes has simply disappeared.
As most plastic never deteriorates, it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that are invisible to the human eye, what happens to this missing ocean plastic is a mystery. In this investigation, scientists embark in search of the micro-plastics. Small, mostly invisible, toxic, they are home to a new ecosystem: the plastisphere. But where are they? Ingested by organisms? Buried under the ocean floor? Degraded by bacteria? And what is the impact of them entering the food chain?
The Coca-Cola Company sells 4000 plastic bottles around the world every second. What should we make of their promises of sustainability? And is recycling the solution?More info
Plastic is everywhere: as a trash vortex in the ocean and as a microplastics in our food chain. We investigate why mankind has not come up with a solution for this problem yet.More info
We investigate the commercialization of the natural world. Protecting our planet has become big business with companies promoting new environmental markets.More info