National Geographic : 2018 Jun
P ACIFIC OCEA N Henderson Island New Zealand Hawaiian Islands N ORTHAMERICASOUTHAMERICAANT ARCTICA O CEAN CURRENTS 67 Glass fragments 16 Aluminum buoys 4 Foam buoys 10 Light bulbs 8 Glass bottles 7 Pieces of wood 5 Pieces of metal 4 Shoes 60 Plastic bags 50 Plastic buoys 43 Melted plastic 27 Plastic pipes 25 Buckets 24 Lollipop sticks 16 Polystyrene 16 Glow sticks 2 Plastic cutlery 2 Tooth- brushes 10 Pen caps 10 Drinking straws 4 Plastic razors 3 Cigarette lighters 3 Tiling spacers 115 Plastic bottles 121 Plastic fencing 207 Plastic netting 220 Fishing line 245 Crates 486 Bottle caps and lids 642 Plastic strapping 3,336 Fishing cords/ ropes 6,774 Plastic pellets 48,121 Plastic fragments PLASTIC PARADISE Plastic is turning up in our planet’s most remote areas, such as unin habited Henderson Island in the South Pacific. In 2015 researchers found it awash in trash, mostly plastic. They cataloged 53,000 pieces in a sample area and put the island’s total at 38 million. Each dot represents a single piece of trash cataloged on Henderson Island in 2015. Pink dots ( ) indicate plastic trash; gray dots ( ) represent all other trash.