A sea of plastic: More plastic than plankton in our ocean

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Staggering Statistics:

It is estimated that we have 6 times more plastic than plankton in our Oceans.

Almost 80% of the 3.5 million tons of trash in the ocean is plastic.

Every year, at least a million sea birds and 100,000 sharks, turtles, dolphins and whales die from eating plastic.

According to the EPA, between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. Americans alone throw away over 100 billion bags a year.

Every hour, approximately 200,000 plastic bags are landfilled and may take 1,000 years to break down. For the plastic bags that become litter, rain washes them into bodies of water where they threaten the lives of avian and marine species that can die from consuming or choking on the bags. Plastic pollution travels through our local waterways, eventually reaching the global oceans. On average, 46,000 pieces of plastic are swirling in each square mile of our oceans.

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10 Responses to A sea of plastic: More plastic than plankton in our ocean

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  3. sandy says:

    Thanks for writing about this. Glad there are still some people like you who value our world’s oceans. Maybe the least we can do is disposing of our items properly. Check this video out. http://youtu.be/qQUECrYE2bY

    • Melinda Anderson says:

      Thanks for sharing this You Tube video link with us. The amount of plastic trash that washes up on our beaches every year is staggering; we can all do a mini beach cleanup on our walks in the sand.

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