Research by packaging company RAJA found the top 15 countries that are throwing the highest amount of plastic into the oceans. The top three countries are India, China, and Indonesia.

All 15 countries dump the equivalent weight of 2,403 whales’ worth of plastic into the ocean. India is responsible for 126.5 million kg of plastic.

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“Over 70.7 million kg of the plastic that ends up in the ocean comes from China. That’s the equivalent in weight of nearly 78,000 leatherback sea turtles. With a population of approximately 30,000 nesting females, China is dumping 2.6 times the weight of the country’s entire leatherback sea turtle population of plastic into the sea,” the research found.

Indonesia, Brazil, and Thailand round out the top five.

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