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By the numbers: plastic pollution in the ocean

By the numbers: plastic pollution in the ocean

Jun 5, 2018

By the Numbers:

Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

Beach season is (finally) upon us. And with it [insert cringing face here], beach litter. On the shore, bobbing in the waves, and even well below the water’s surface, plastic pollution has become an increasingly threatening plague to our oceans. From the carbon dioxide emitted during its production to the chemicals that poison the wildlife who ingest it, plastic is a problem.

But all is not lost! There are plenty of ways you can help reduce your plastic footprint, which we’ll be sharing in handy list form later this week. In the meantime, get prepped for World Oceans Day with our breakdown of ocean pollution by the numbers.

1 Million

Number of plastic bottles purchased every minute globally.


Percent of plastic that is not recycled.

5 Trillion

Pieces of plastic currently floating in our oceans.

5.3 Million Tons

Yearly amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans (and that’s the low end of estimates
- some range as high as 14 million tons annually).


The year researchers estimate the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.

450 - Forever

Estimated years it takes for a single piece of plastic to biodegrade.


The number of plastic bottles the average person can eliminate the
need for annually by switching to a reusable bottle.

Help us catch plastic before it finds its way to the ocean.

Join our next waterway cleanup (full schedule here) and check out our limited edition World Oceans Day water bottle as a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics.