Plastic in the ocean is not just a global problem.
A global report from Plastic Industries Association and the International Institute for Sustainable Development found that plastic pollution is a global issue that affects the oceans, marine ecosystems, wildlife and communities across the globe.
A study from the World Wildlife Fund estimated that plastics in the oceans are responsible for one in seven marine mammal species, including sea lions, dolphins and porpoises.
It said plastic pollution contributes to global warming, deforestation and loss of biodiversity.
Plastic is used in everything from toothpaste to shampoo.
It has also been linked to cancer and reproductive problems in humans and animals.
The report noted that plastic waste is used by countries, industries and businesses around the world.
The International Olympic Committee has called on all Olympic sports events to avoid using plastic and the Olympics’ global governing body, the International Olympic Commission, has set up an environmental protection and sustainable development task force.