Environment

The World's Oceans Are Infested With Plastic

by
,

How often does the same old sad story repeat itself? You set out for a nice walk along a seemingly pristine beach but once you're out on the sand, it's clogged with plastic bottles and other garbage. A grim report estimates that there are over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic weighing over 250,000 tons floating on the world's oceans. All of that pollution has had a serious impact on the environment with evidence even suggesting that marine organisms as far as 10km beneath the surface have ingested plastic fragments.

The infographic below shows the distribution of plastic pollution across the world's oceans. The North Pacific has the highest level of contamination with nearly 2 trillion pieces of plastic while the Indian Ocean comes second with 1.3 trillion. According to a recent Greenpeace report, the world's top-6 companies sell plastic bottles weighing over 2 million tons every year - that's the same weight as 10,000 blue whales. Even though all plastic bottles can be recycled, unfortunately a huge number of them still end up in the ocean and landfill rather than the recycling plant.



Infographic: The World's Oceans Are Infested With Plastic | Statista
 Report
You may also be interested in...
Infographic Newsletter

Statista offers daily infographics about trending topics covering Media and Society.

Download & Reference
You may also be interested in...
FAQ
Who may use the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day", made available under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 3.0, may be used and displayed without charge by all commercial and non-commercial websites. Use is, however, only permitted with proper attribution to Statista. When publishing one of these graphics, please include a backlink to the respective infographic URL.

Which topics are covered by the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day" currently focuses on two sectors: "Media and Technology", updated daily and featuring the latest statistics from the media, internet, telecommunications and consumer electronics industries; and "Economy and Society", which current data from the United States and around the world relating to economic and political issues as well as sports and entertainment.

Can Statista create customized charts?
Absolutely! For information on tailor-made and sector-specific Charts of the Day, please contact Robin Hüdepohl
(robin.huedepohl@statista.com).