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How Much Plastic Is In the Ocean?


How Much Plastic Is In the Ocean?   ©The Earth & I
  • Plastic has been found in more than 60% of all seabirds and in 100% of sea turtles species.

  • Every year, 8 million metric tons (8.8 million tons) of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons (165 million tons) that currently circulate our marine environments.

  • 2.5 billion tons of solid waste was produced in 2010; 275 million metric tons (303 million tons) of it was plastic waste.

  • 2 billion people within 30 miles of the coast create 100 million metric tons (110 million tons) of coastal plastic waste.

  • At the current rate, we could be facing 250 million metric tons (275 million tons) in the ocean in less than 10 years.

Source: Ocean Conservancy


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