The well-intentioned anti-straw campaign assumes that single-use plastics, such as straws and coffee stirrers, have much to do with ocean pollution. but straws only account for about .03% of the 8 million metric tons of plastics estimated to enter the oceans in a given year.
at least 46% of the plastic in the great pacific garbage patch - a floating, france-sized mess of oceanic plastic - by weight comes from a single product: fishing nets. other fishing gear makes up a good chunk of the rest. ⠀
the impact of this junk goes well beyond pollution. ghost gear, as it's sometimes called, keeps entangling animals long after it's been abandoned, to the great detriment of marine life and habitats. in 2013, the virginia institute of marine science estimated that lost and abandoned crab pots capture and k**l 1.25 million blue c***s each year.⠀
a movement to stop ocean pollution must focus on the biggest contributor to ocean waste: fishing.