Good News & Bad News About Ocean Plastics

By Ann R. Thryft – The report, “Valuing Plastic (pdf),” was produced by the Plastic Disclosure Project.

It found that marine pollution is the largest downstream cost of damage caused by plastics in the environment. Sources include improperly managed landfills, tourist activities, fisheries, and littering.

Although some debris sinks to the bottom of the ocean, much of it ends up floating long distances to pollute shorelines or accumulate in the notorious mid-ocean gyres.

Plastic waste damages coral reefs, becomes entangled in fishing equipment, is ingested by marine animals and birds, provides a source of chemical contamination, and makes a mess of your favorite beach. more>


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