1.8 Trillion Pieces of Plastic Floating in Pacific Ocean

August 5, 2022

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a growing area in the ocean located halfway between Hawaii and California. It contains an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. Ocean Voyages Institute is a California non-profit organization that hopes to remove some of that plastic. They took a ship called Kwai to “fish” for garbage. On a 45-day mission out to sea, Kwai picked up 96 tons of waste from the Pacific Ocean. Most of it was single-use plastics like toothbrushes that people use everyday.

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