Maritime Infographic: How long does Plastic take to Break Down at sea?


( Most plastic pollution will outlive us, potentially up to ten times over. Did you know that it can take a single bottle of soda up to one thousand years just to break down!? And breaking down doesn’t mean that it has been eradicated from the ocean, just that it is now in microscopic pieces contributing to what scientists refer to as a “plastic soup”.

This infographic takes a hard look at the length of time it takes different kinds of plastic to break down, and how long they could potentially impact our waters for.


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  1. Hard hitting! It could take us less than 30 minutes to drink a bottle of water and it takes the ocean almost 500 years to break down that plastic. Even Styrofoam cups takes decades to be broken down. Although there's a UN resolution to put an end to plastics in the ocean, there are countries that continue to pollute.


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