Plastic disposable items are displayed on a beach and the word ‘Trash’ is spelt out from the rubbish. This is part of the Ocean Defenders Campaign in which the Greenpeace ship Esperanza MV sails to the Pacific Ocean, sometimes referred to as the North Pacific garbage patch, to document the threat that plastic poses to the environment and sea life.

We’ve all seen the headlines about the huge environmental problems caused by single-use plastics.