14 million tonnes. That’s how much plastic ends up in the ocean each year.

All that plastic kills or severely injures countless marine species, who ingest or get entangled by it. And it makes its way into the food supply, as harmful microfibres.

Before the Antarctica expedition team left Ushuaia, we spent hours collecting plastic waste from one of the beaches outside the city. If we saved the lives of just a few animals, it was worth it. But this was just one beach. Plastic waste is a global problem and it requires a global solution.

Fortunately, we’re seeing promising efforts to address the problem—from supermarkets charging for bags to producers switching to biodegradable packaging. As a renewable energy company, Ventient supports all efforts to make the world a more hospitable place for all species. And as consumers we can all make a difference—by avoiding disposable plastics and recycling as much as possible.