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The ocean is in a state of emergency

Ocean plastic is one of the most immediate threats

More than 11 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year1, harming marine species and fouling beaches and coastal waters around the world. Most of that waste is carried there by rivers, with the highest flows coming from Asia.

OpenOceans Global aims to stop this stream of plastic from reaching the ocean. Showing the links between the rivers and plastic debris on beaches is a key first step.

We are mapping where large amounts of plastic are collecting on shorelines and using advanced technologies to connect this waste to probable sources. Once a river has been identified as a source, we will connect local leaders and international experts, so they can share solutions and work together to stop the flows of plastic to the sea.

We are also serving as a hub for sharing innovative ways to address other dimensions of the ocean plastic crisis, including ways to improve waste management and reducing, reusing, and substituting other materials for plastic.


Stop ocean plastic at its source

Uncontained plastic from five countries contributes nearly 70% percent of river-borne plastic to the global ocean.2

See Plastic Sources

Ocean Plastic Trash Map

Plastic and other trash accumulates on shorelines around the world. To solve this crisis, we need to identify fouled beaches and the biggest sources of the problem.

Ocean Plastic Trash Map

Learn about solutions to the ocean plastic crisis

River Interventions

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Plastic Recycling


Beach Cleanups



Eliminating plastic bags and straws is a start. Real progress is made when the sources of plastic trash found on beaches and coastal areas are identified and experts collaborate to stop the flows.

11 mil

metric tons of plastic waste go into the ocean each year

That's equal to 932,462 trash trucks filled with waste


of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources - mostly rivers

The immediate solution is preventing plastic from reaching the ocean via rivers


 countries contribute nearly 70% of river-borne plastic to the ocean

Let's work together to stop plastic emissions from the biggest sources

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