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Infographic: Plastic in the Oceans

A large proportion of what we buy and use every day is made of synthetic material – and a large part of it ends up in the ocean. Tooth brushes, one-way razors and plastic bags collect in the eddies of the seas; huge masses of plastic are the result. The largest mass is in the Pacific Ocean: According to some estimates, it is approximately as large as Central Europe. It is called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”.

But how does the plastic actually wind up in the sea? What happens to this plastic waste in the long term? What are the consequences for humans and animals, for nature and the climate? Find out in our infographics!

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June 2017

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Cuitlahuac
5 June 2019

As an update, plastics can be found in the deepest trench of the oceans (https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/plastic-bag-mariana-trench-pollution-science-spd/), where it accumulates and can go into the trophic chain (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/02/deep-sea-creatures-mariana-trench-eat-plastic/)

njorogekimani
20 July 2017

Zanzibar is quite clean now after plastics bags ban in 2005!! Tanganyika is still dilly-dallying just as Kenya! For Kenya let us wait for August 2017, when a new ban on plastic bags is supposed to take effect!!

Amit Lahiri
21 June 2017

These information are shocking. Great efforts would be taken to get this back to normal again. Awareness is just the beginning of it.

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