Global sources of ocean microplastics 2018

This statistic displays the distribution of the world's sources of ocean microplastics as of 2018. As of thattime, some 28 percent of the ocean's microplastics originated from car tires. It is estimated that microplastics account for 94 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the ocean.

Distribution of ocean microplastics sources worldwide as of 2018*

Percentage of microplastics
Synthetic textiles35%
Car tires28%
City dust24%
Road markings7%
Marine coatings3.7%
Personal care products2%
Plastic pellets0.3%
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Sources

Release date

August 2018

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

as of August 2018

Supplementary notes

* Source did not provide an exact date.

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