Plastic trash is filling up our oceans…

Next year, a 20-year-old inventor will begin trawling the world’s oceans to try to clean up plastic garbage patches – the sprawling clumps where most of the world’s 5 trillion pieces of plastic trash end up.

A new animation shows exactly how hard that task will be: as soon as some plastic is cleaned up, ocean currents will bring more to take its place.

The animation follows the general path that most trash – from tiny particles to buoys – takes in the ocean to land in one of a handful of patches.

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