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These Four Plastic Items Make Up Almost Half Of All Ocean Trash

These Four Plastic Items Make Up Almost Half Of All Ocean Trash:

6/20/2021 4:30:00 AM

These Four Plastic Items Make Up Almost Half Of All Ocean Trash:

Researchers have revealed eye-opening new insights into man-made ocean trash. Just four common plastic items make up almost half of all the garbage we have dumped in our seas. World leaders, however, don't consider plastic pollution a priority.

... [+]Istanbul, Turkey.Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesWith coronavirus and the climate emergency soaking up media attention, a third man-made crisis—plastic pollution—has largely drifted under the radar. But the publication of a new study on the make-up of ocean trash is a sharp reminder of this growing global threat.

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Researchers at the University of Cádiz in Spain have revealed that 80% of ocean trash consists of plastics, while three quarters of ocean trash is made up of just 10 different items, the top eight of which are plastic. Incredibly, four common items comprise 44% of all trash found in the ocean.

The, published in the journalNature Sustainability, found that on average across all ocean environments, the top four items were plastic bags, making up 14% of plastic trash (with a margin of error of 8%); bottles, comprising 12%; plastic food containers and cutlery, which accounted for 9%; and wrappers, which also made up 9%. headtopics.com

The remaining items in descending order were synthetic ropes; fishing-related items; plastic caps and lids; industrial packaging; glass bottles; and beverage cans.Carmen Morales, a research fellow at the Marine Litter Lab at the University of Cádiz, told me: “We somehow expected that plastic would be the predominant material of marine litter, but it was shocking to find out that bags, bottles, food containers and cutlery together with wrappers account for almost half of the human-made objects on a global scale.”

Morales explained that a great deal of the previous understanding of how plastic trash entered the oceans had been based on conjecture, so the team set out to provide “a new, bottom-up diagnosis of the nature and origin of the waste accumulated in the global ocean.”

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