Plastic pollution causes great harm to the organisms big and small that encounter it. From tiny corals to majestic whales, more than 700 marine species are known to be killed either by the ingestion of plastic or entanglement - resulting in more than 100 million animal deaths a year, that we know of. 

The ocean is a soup of microplastics and it’s only going to get worse.

Sea turtles: All seven species of endangered sea turtle ingest or are entangled by plastic. More than 50% of sea turtles eat plastic. 50-80% of all dead sea turtles found have plastic inside them.

Marine mammals:
54% of all whales, dolphins and seals are impacted by plastic. NOAA estimates that 100 000 marine mammals are killed by plastic each year.

114 species of marine fish are known to regularly be entangled in or ingest plastic. At least a million fish are killed this way each year.

Two-thirds of all seabird species are affected, representing 56% of all seabird species. Millions of birds are killed each year. 98% of albatrosses have ingested plastic, and 40% of their chicks died when they are fed this by their parents.

Why do animals eat plastic?

Unlike humans, wild animals do not have the ability to discern plastic from "digestible" materials. Simply put, if it looks like food, or smells like food, or tastes like food or behaves like food, then it must be food. 

  • Filter-feeding animals, like whale sharks and baleen whales, can ingest plastic by accident.

  • Plastic can release chemical that smell like food, triggering species such as anchovies to find it. 

  • Jellyfish-eating species, such as ocean sunfish and sea turtles, mistake plastic bags and balloon ribbons for jelly medusae.

  • Grazing and scavenging animals, such as cows, seagulls, dogs and camels, regularly eat plastic that has been contaminated with human food.

Animals are an important part of our lives - we love them as parents and our children loves them even more. We make sure our products are not tested on animals and are promoting an individual centered lifestyle for a choice of vegan or vegetarian friendly alternatives. While most items in Biovène product lines are vegan friendly, some do not meet the classification (for example our solid bar formulations with beeswax).