Once plastic enters the ocean, it can travel vast distances. It is carried along on ocean currents, where it collects in one of the five ocean gyres, the ‘landfills of the sea’. But how do gyres work? And why can we find more plastic in one part of the ocean than in others?
Read about how plastic is transported around the ocean:
What is a gyre?
Did you know... Gyres are the largest transport mechanism for floating plastic.
Why do we find Dutch plastic at the North Pole?
Did you know... Dutch waste causes major damage to the Arctic region?
Did you know... < 1% of the plastic in the ocean floats on the surface. Researchers are working to find out where the other 99% is located.