The article says that there are more than 5 trillion plastic particles in the ocean right now. Yes, TRILLION. Makes you think twice about leaving garbage on the beach. Oh, those 5 trillion particles? They weigh about 269,000 tons. That’s, like, real heavy.
The world’s oceans may contain about 10 times more plastic than the most recent studies suggest.
The new figure estimates that the oceans hold more than 250,000 tons of trash, a number vastly different from a past estimate, which suggested the oceans’ plastic is mysteriously disappearing.