About 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year. Part of this accumulates in 5 areas where currents converge: the gyres. At least 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic are currently in the oceans, a third of which is concentrated in the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 mammals will die due to this pollution each year; the pollution impacts the economies of fishing and tourism, and the impact of the toxic chemicals on health may not even be fully realized yet.
To find out more about the damage this problem is causing and what you can do to help, go to The Ocean Cleanup.
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