Most scientists say it would be tough to remove a lot of the plastic that’s already in the ocean. They say the best solution to the problem is to prevent more plastic from getting there.
Many groups are already taking action. They organize cleanups on beaches and riverbanks all over the world. Volunteers pick up litter before it can get out to sea. Last year, Ocean Conservancy volunteers collected more than 16 million pounds of it!
Experts also encourage people to use less plastic. They suggest that people try reusable bags and bottles.
“These seem like small things,” says Schutes. “But they can help make a big difference.”