An entire garbage truck worth of plastic waste is dumped into the oceans EVERY. MINUTE. If we continue on this trend, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.
Following ocean currents and wind patterns, these plastics swirl around in what we call "garbage patches". There are five major garbage patches in our oceans.
The majority of these plastics are made up of microplastics, which are tiny pieces of plastic smaller than the size of a pencil eraser. Some microplastics are manufactured as such, and others have broken down from larger types of plastics.
Estimates on microplastic degradation rates range from 450 years to never.
Plastics and microplastics are responsible for having toxic effects on the entire food chain, including humans.
Continue to the next section for ways to reduce your plastic consumption