What is Ocean Plastic?

The coordinates in Sea Bottle's logo, 39°N by 135°W, mark the heart of the Pacific Gyre, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Located in the Pacific Ocean, the gyre is estimated to be somewhere between the size of Texas and all of North America. It's an unfathomably large area of toxic plastic contamination and due to an explosion in the global popularity of plastic the situation is getting worse. Scientists expect more plastic in the ocean than fish by the year 2050 if nothing changes.

This year, 8 million tons of plastic will leak into the ocean – the equivalent of dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.

So how does this happen? Due to current flows, plastic accumulates in this area of the ocean as well as other gyres. Over time, as plastic is exposed to sunlight and battered by waves it splinters into tiny pieces, which scientists call "microplastics", that float just below the surface. The toxic bits are ingested by sea life, harming the ecosystem and contaminating our food chain. Recall that plastic is made from petrochemicals like crude oil and natural gas. 

Sea Bottle uses eco friendly materials for our packaging that are less likely to reach the ocean due to higher recyclability and reusability levels.

If glass or aluminum escapes collection systems and reaches the ocean, it is much more eco-friendly than plastic, with minimal impact on marine life. 

Please recycle Sea Bottle's durable pumps with our easy to use screw-cap refills. Make a choice that's Better for your Body and Better for the Ocean.

Read about our partnerships with not-for-profit organizations committed to ocean health and marine research.