Plastic bags and food containers are washed on to beaches
Plastic from take-out and convenience food is littering rivers and oceans – but straws are not the worst offenders, according to a new study.
Scientists analysed global inventories cataloguing more than 12 million pieces of litter found in and around rivers, oceans, shorelines and the seafloor.
They found eight out of 10 items listed were made of plastic.
And 44% of this plastic litter related to take-out food and drinks.
Single-use bottles, food containers and wrappers, and plastic bags made up the biggest share.
“It was shocking to find out that bags, bottles, food containers and cutlery together with wrappers account for almost half of the human-made objects on a global scale,” said study leader Dr Carmen Morales of the University