More Than 5 Trillion Pieces Of Plastic In The World's Oceans
There are more than 5 trillion plastic fragments in the world's oceans, weighing more than 250,000 tons total, and we can't do anything about it.By Sebastian Martinez | December 11, 2014
5.25 trillion — that's a conservative estimate of just how many pieces of plastic are swirling around the world's oceans, from microscopic fragments, to giant islands of trash. And they're not going away anytime soon. (Video via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
That's 700 times the number of humans estimated to live on the planet, and there's no part of the ocean that's completely unaffected.
Want more big numbers? All that plastic trash is estimated to weigh just under 270,000 tons, about as much as either 38,000 full-grown elephants, 157,000 Volkswagen beetles or just under 7 billion coffee lids ...