Here's How Much Plastic Trash Is Littering the Earth | National Geographic

These plastic bottles illustrate how humans discard a shocking amount of plastic waste into the environment.

Underwater photographer Huai Su filmed a diver collecting an endless amount of plastic bottles that litter the seafloor off Xiaoliuqiu Island, Taiwan. This is just one shocking example of the astonishing amount of plastic that can pollute our environment. An estimated 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste has been generated, a new study found, and only 9% of that total is recycled. Most of it—79%—is in a landfill or escaped into the natural environment, and only 12% has been incinerated.

Check out this video from National Geographic to watch underwater photographer Huai Su film a diver collecting an endless amount of plastic bottles that litter the seafloor off Xiaoliuqiu Island, Taiwan.

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brigitte-perreault

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Truly unbelievable and disconcerting... we are not helping to resolve this problem fast enough.

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