- Each year approximately 18.8 billion plastic bottles end up on landfill; each bottle takes over 450 years to breakdown.
- In the US alone, 60 million plastic bottles are used daily and, for every six of those used, only one will make it to the recycling bin.
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, in the North Pacific Ocean, is made from just some of the 10 million tons of plastic pollution humans create each year.
- Plastic pollution never completely biodegrades but instead breaks up into small particles, which are often consumed by seabirds, mammals and even fish.
- Plastic is often mistaken by marine life for small fish, krill and plankton; plastic bags can be mistaken for jellyfish, especially by sea turtles. Ingestion of plastics can cause starvation, malnutrition, intestinal blockage and intake of toxins, which can be fatal.
- Seabirds collect plastics on foraging trips during the nesting season, which they feed to their young. In the North Atlantic, over 80% of Cory’s shearwater fledglings contain plastics in their stomachs.
- In the Western Mediterranean Sea, almost 80% of sea turtles contain plastic debris in their guts. Young turtles have the highest incidence of marine debris ingestion.
- Approximately 35% of planktivorous fish in the North Pacific Central Gyre contain fragments and micro fragments of plastics in their guts.
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