Plastics, for the first time ever, take all the 10 spots in a listing of top items collected during a well-known annual coastal cleanup effort.
Ocean Conservancy is out with its annual top 10 list of most items collected during its 2017 International Coastal Cleanup.
"Over the years, we have seen plastics creeping into the top-10 list, displacing items like rope, beverage cans and paper bags. But this is the first year that all 10 of the top-10 items collected are made of plastic," said Nicholas Mallos, director of the environmental group's Trash Free Seas program, in a statement.
During the past few years, ocean plastics has become a hot-button issue in the plastics industry and around the world as people are becoming more and more aware.
The topic is driving bans of certain plastic items, such as straws and bags, in certain U.S. cities and around the world. Most of ocean-bound plastics enter the water from several countries in Asia but the matter is not limited to that region.