We hear about the ocean pollution crisis due to plastic waste, but understanding it can feel complex. This infographic makes it simple.
8 million tons.
That’s how much plastic waste enters our oceans every year. Where does it all end up? How does it affect our planet?
As part of European Week for Waste Reduction (November 17-24), office water dispenser manufacturer, Waterlogic, has created an infographic that follows the plastic trail to uncover the gigantic garbage patches that have accumulated across the major oceans of the world.
This graphic below (5 separate images) shows which countries bound the patches, how many pieces of plastic are swirling in each, and what the far-reaching effects could be for the planet, for wildlife, and for humankind as a whole — as well as suggesting how we can use the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to promote sustainable resource and waste management, globally.
I hope that this provides a clearer understanding of this global ocean plastics crisis…and inspires you to take action in whatever way you can to protect our planet’s future!
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