Collected plastic waste at Guacalillo beach, Costa Rica. Photo: Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images
Some places plastics have been found:
- The deep sea. A new study indicates microplastics are entering the depths of the ocean — where sunlight doesn’t even touch — and marine animals are consuming them.
- Point Nemo. In the most remote spot in the ocean, scientists found particles of microplastics.
- The Cocos Keeling Islands. A marine biologist found 373,000 toothbrushes and 975,000 shoes on the beaches of a remote string of islands in the Indian Ocean.
- A dead whale’s stomach. Rescuers found more than 17 pounds of plastic, including 80 shopping bags.
- Sea turtles. Researchers found microplastics in every single turtle they tested in a recent study.
- The French Pyrenees. Scientists found microplastics at an altitude of 4,500 feet on an isolated, pristine site of the mountains.
- Antarctica. Several water samples detected microplastics in remote parts of the Antarctic.
- Bottled water. A study of 259 bottles from nine different countries found 93% showed microplastic contamination.
- Human excrement. Researchers tested stool samples from individuals across Europe and found plastic particles in every single one.