The Problem with Plastic


 

The North Pacific Gyre, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is a collection of plastic floating trash halfway between Hawaii and California and is considered to be roughly twice the size of Texas.

Marine plastic pollution has impacted at least 267 species worldwide, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species and 43% of all marine mammal species. The impacts include fatalities due to ingestion, starvation, suffocation, infection, drowning, and entanglement. Toothbrushes in particular resemble prey and are often eaten by fish, seabirds and marine mammals causing numerous fatalities.