In the wake of May’s #WasteNot 30-Day Challenge to reduce our trash production, we’ve been on high alert not only for the trash within our control, but that outside of it, too. Whether left astray intentionally or accidentally, there are an estimated 51.2 billion pieces of litter alongside US roadways alone–more than 6.7 thousand per mile on each side—according to a 2010 study by Keep America Beautiful. And that doesn’t include millions of square miles away from roadsides and all the litter across the rest of the world.
Some of this litter stays in the exact spot it landed, leaching chemicals into the soil and water around it or being ingested by local fauna. Much of it travels tens, hundreds or even thousands of miles by waterways, ultimately ending up in the ocean–an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic litter, to be exact. The problem of plastic pollution in our oceans is spiraling out of control, literally, as it collects in the five major ocean gyres and delicate marine ecosystems. To shine a spotlight on a problem we can’t see from shore, Custom Made and Ghergich & Co. have created this insightful infographic exploring the dire issue of plastic buildup in the world’s oceans.
Infographic by CustomMade