By Erica Sanchez and Sophie Maes
Straws make up less than 1% of the ocean’s plastic waste; fishing nets and gear account for 10%.
Cities and businesses are taking steps to cut back on plastic straws and other single-use plastics, but a lesser-known source of ocean plastic pollution, lost, and abandoned fishing gear, is causing even more damage to underwater ecosystems, HuffPost reports.
On Oct. 8, a team of Healthy Seas’ volunteers recovered a three ton, 650-foot long ghost net off the coast of the Aeolian Islands, near Sicily. The effort was sponsored by Aquafil, an Italian company that plans to recycle the net into Econyl, a type of regenerated nylon.