This Is How Your Plastic Bag Ends Up In Massive Ocean Garbage Patches

23/04/2014 2:47 AM AEST | Updated 07/12/2017 2:18 PM AEDT

Ever heard of the Pacific garbage patch? It's one of several swirling trash zones in our oceans, and it's where a lot of our plastic litter ends up. While these debris patches aren't visible piles of floating trash in the water, the reality of what they are and how they got there is just as gross -- and just as harmful to marine life.

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Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post.