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Plastic and the ocean

10 fast (and depressing) facts about plastic and our oceans. Take action today!

  • By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea (by weight).
  • 500 billion plastic bottles are used in the world each year.
  • Up to 1 trillion plastic bags are thrown away every year
  • 50% of plastic is used once and thrown away.
  • Only 14% of the world’s plastic is recycled.
  • Every minute one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean.
  • It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to break down.
  • There are 5 large patches of plastic in the oceans around the world.
  • Plastic is found in the ocean as deep as 11km down.
  • Many marine organisms can’t distinguish plastic from other foodstuffs, and end up starving to death as their stomachs fill with plastics that they can’t digest.

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