Great Pacific Garbage Patch Growing Rapidly, Study Shows

New analysis reveals the region contains as much as sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially.

Delft, the Netherlands, March 22, 2018 – 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – and it is rapidly getting worse. These are the main conclusions of a three-year mapping effort conducted by an international team of scientists affiliated with The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, six universities, and an aerial sensor company. Their findings were published today in the journal Scientific Reports. For more details about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, see our dedicated page.