Human manufacturing and consumption of environmentally unfriendly products such as this one and irresponsible disposal of everyday plastic products (bags, bottles, containers) is exactly what is behind the accumulation of microplastics in our oceans.
You see, plastic never (ever) goes away. Recyclable plastic just means that it is recycled into a lesser quality plastic. In the ocean it just breaks down, and breaks down, until you're left with what Dianna Parker from the NOAA Marine Debris Program calls "a peppery soup" of microplastics.
Imagine swimming in that-an ocean filled with tiny pieces of pepper-sized plastic. No doubt it would find its way into ones ears, mouth, eyes, and even ones intestines. Now imagine living in it-no thanks.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is an accumulation of what is called "marine debris." "Marine debris" is slightly misleading it is really just trash; created on land and dumped into the sea, whether directly or indirectly.