The Pacific Garbage Patch

Estimated at 1.6 million square kilometres, the Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest of 5 patches of plastic waste in oceans around the globe.

Something so large, yet out of sight to most of us is difficult to visualize, so it's difficult for us to understand the scale of the problem.

Plastic doesn't disappear. It's broken down by sunlight until it becomes microplastic and enters the food chain and ends up in your tuna sandwich or seafood linguini.

Images: The Ocean Cleanup

Here's how the Pacific Garbage Patch looks with you at the centre

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The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organisation developing scaleable solutions to removing plastic from the oceans and rivers.

The Data

My app uses data from the only comprehensive study to be done on the extent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which concluded that "ocean plastic pollution within the GPGP is increasing exponentially." Read the full report here.