Why Trying to Clean Up All the Ocean Plastic Is Pointless

Is Trying to Clean Up All the Ocean Plastic Pointless?

This pollution expert thinks so, and he makes some strong points about where we should be putting our energy instead.

Cleaning up plastic in the ocean might seem indisputably like a good idea. After all, the oceans make up more than 70% of our planet, and we have basically trashed them. The world dumps a jaw-dropping 17.6 billion pounds (8 billion kilograms) of new plastic into the oceans each year.

There’s so much focus on cleaning up the plastic already in the ocean in part because it’s so visible. But some experts argue that we’re too focused on completely removing all the trash from the ocean—which has reached a point that is, arguably, completely impossible to clean up—and not working enough on the real solution: Stopping production of the stuff in the first place.

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