People have a lot of misconceptions about plastic pollution in the ocean. Let’s bust 5 of the most common myths.
Myth #1: Every ocean has a lot of floating heaps the size of an island. Truth: Only a minuscule amount of plastic floats at the surface of the sea and most of it is on the seafloor, inside ocean life or stuck in Arctic ice. Myth #2: Mainly, ocean plastic comes from the container ships and cruise ships. Truth: The majority of plastic consists of plastic that we use on a daily basis, such as chopping bags, food containers, caps and bottles. Myth #3: It is possible to clean ocean gyres of trash. Truth: Most plastic gets dispersed or break down and a bit of it can be cleaned. Myth #4: The plastic in the oceans is nothing but a trash problem. Truth: Different things made of plastic can be found inside all types of ocean animals, such as fish, turtles, and big whales. Myth #5: The problem of ocean plastic can be solved using any of the available solutions. Truth: To solve this problem, government will have to use all of the methods, such as banning, imposing fines, product redesigning, and recycling. We all should try our level best to spread the awareness that ocean is not a place to dump our trash.