Myths About Plastic Pollution in Our Ocean

FALSE: If I recycle my plastic waste, it won’t harm the environment
FACT: Many types of plastic can’t be recycled, and it’s often
unclear what’s recyclable and what’s not. Also, if recyclable
waste is contaminated with non-recyclable products, it could
all end up getting sent to a landfill.
FALSE: Pollution in the ocean isn’t harming humans
FACT: When large pieces of plastic end up in the ocean, they
never stay that way. With exposure to sun and saltwater, pieces
of plastic break down until they become microplastics. Studies
have found that to many fish, microplastics can look like their
food. Once microplastics are consumed by smaller fish, those
fish are consumed by larger fish, and so on up the food chain
until that filet on your plate is potentially contaminated with
harmful chemicals.
FALSE: Ocean plastic primarily comes from ocean dumping
FACT: Most of the plastics in the ocean come from items we
use every day—bags, bottles, caps, food containers, etc. By
limiting single-use plastics in our everyday lives and disposing
of these items properly, we can reduce the amount of plastic
waste entering the ocean.

1. 800 million pieces of plastic make their way into our oceans every day
2. 1 plastic bottle can take up to 450 years to degrade
3. 1 million sea birds die each year because of plastics
4. More than 50 percent of sea turtles have consumed plastic
5. Plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the world

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