Five trillion individual pieces, weighing a total of 268,000 tonnes. When the numbers are so big, it’s difficult to take in the full scale of the problem of plastic waste in the world’s oceans.
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The map was created using data from a 2014 research paper by Marcus Eriksen. Of course, coming to an exact figure on the amount of plastic polluting our oceans is not easy. Previous research on the topic has used data from smaller areas to make global projections – with results that have been called into question.