How Much Plastic Is In Our Oceans?

Posted by Lynette Phillips on


  •  More than 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from plastic pollution every year.

  • 100% of baby sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs.

  • There is now 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our ocean & 46,000 pieces in every square mile of ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes.

  • Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic makes their way into our oceans.

  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is around 1.6 million square kilometers – bigger than Texas.

  • The world produces 381 million tonnes in plastic waste yearly – this is set to double by 2034.

  • 50% of this is single-use plastic & only 9% has ever been recycled.

  • Over 2 million tonnesof plastic packaging are used in the UK each year.

  • 88% of the sea's surface is polluted by plastic waste.

  • Between 8 to 14 million tonnes enters our ocean every year.

  • Britain contributes an estimated 1.7 million tonnes of plastic annually.

  • The US contributes 38 million tonnes of plastic every year.

  • Plastic packaging is the biggest culprit, resulting in 80 million tonnes of waste yearly from the US alone.

  • On UK beaches there are 5000 pieces of plastic & 150 plastic bottles for each mile.

  • More than 1 million plastic bags end up in the trash every minute.

  • The world uses over 500 billion plastic bags a year – that’s 150 for each person on Earth.

  • 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches, but only 1% of straws end up as waste in the ocean.

  • By 2020 the number of plastics in the sea will be higher than the number of fish.

  • 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption contains plastic.

  • Plastic microbeads are estimated to be one million times more toxic than the seawater around it.

  • Products containing microbeads can release 100,000 tiny beads with just one squeeze.