Photograph by Randy Olson, National Geographic
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Plastic bottles fill the famous Cibeles Fountain in Madrid during an exhibit that called attention to the environmental impact of disposable plastics.

Photograph by Randy Olson, National Geographic

A running list of action on plastic pollution

The world is waking up to a crisis of ocean plastic—and we're tracking the developments and solutions as they happen.

This article was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society.

The world has a plastic pollution problem and it’s snowballing—but so is public awareness and action. National Geographic magazine devoted a special cover package to plastic in June 2018. Here, we continue to track some of the developments around this important issue. We will update this article periodically as news develops.

Plastics 101
National Geographic is committed to reducing plastics pollution. Learn more about our non-profit activities at This story is part of Planet or Plastic?—our multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics, and take your pledge.