Swimming in an Ocean of Plastic
May 18 2008 | Rise Above Plastics,
A few statistics from the piece, courtesy of Algalita Marine Research Foundation via Time Magazine:
- 46,000 pieces of plastic are floating per every square mile of ocean.
- The North Central Pacific Gyre (that floating patch of debris) contains an estimated 100 million tons of trash.
- The gyre area is now said to be maybe twice the size of the Continental United States.