Ocean Plastic Estimated at 5.25 Trillion Pieces – But Where’s the Rest?


The deluge of plastic detritus swirling about in our oceans weighs in at 269,000 metric tons, according to the most comprehensive research on marine plastic. One of the researchers, Dr. Marcus Erikson, vializes it like this: “2 liter plastic bottles stacked end-to-end forming a column to the moon and back TWICE.” That’s roughly 6 billion bottles afloat on the high seas.

But as devastating as these numbers are, Erikson says they’re way too conservative. Given that we produce 300 million tons of plastic every year and the National Academy of Sciences estimates 0.1 percent of it ends up in the ocean, he says he knows there’s more. Way more.

So exactly where is the rest? Belinda Waymouth of the Huffington Post explains in the below article



Posted on December 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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