Every day 2.000 textile factories dump 280 tons of toxic chemicals and 20.000 tons of waste into a river that is the primary water supply for 25 million people.
Every area of the ocean is polluted, and according to a study made by the Ocean Cleanup Foundation, 99.9% is plastic. Around 10 million tons of plastic and other kind of waste entered the ocean only in 2010.
A single ship lost only seven containers, of which six contained plastic pallets. When the storm was over, the water was so polluted that local fishery was threatened. This is an example of how much impact "individual" and "isolated" incidents can have on whole regions and beyond.