Great Pacific garbage patch

Due to ocean current patterns, plastic and trash collects in an area in the Pacific north east of Hawaii. It is estimated to be 1.6 square kilometers in size, double the size of Texas, based on a metric of a minimum of 10kg trash per square km to be part of the garbage patch.

Some parts of the garbage patch have over 100kg trash per square km.

About 46% of the garbage patch is plastic fishing nets.