Infographic: The Unbelievable Scale of Marine Trash

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Infographic section via Project AWARE

What is the impact of our plastic use on the ocean's animal life? A new infographic from Project AWARE sheds a bit of light on the sheer scale of the problem, and the incredible number of animals affected by our plastic problem. Project AWARE states that as much as 6 million tons of disposable goods enter the ocean every year, and that the animals that live in the water are greatly affected. We all remember the photographs of Chris Jordan, showing albatross carcasses packed with plastic. Well, it's not just albatross. And it's no small problem.

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September is Debris Month of Action, and according to Project AWARE, thousands of SCUBA divers around the world are acting as citizen scientists, collecting debris and submitting data so we can better understand the impact and influence policy makers to toughen up laws and practices around plastic use and disposal.