According to a study conducted by the University of Plymouth’s International Marine Litter Research Center published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, the assumption that switching to biodegradable plastic will reduce ocean-plastic pollution yielded “no advantage” over conventional plastic in reducing ocean pollution.

Plastic bags made of “biodegradable plastic” remained intact with no visible sign of deterioration and useable three years after being dropped in the sea or buried underground.

Watch the video here or click on the still shot below to hear, Professors Richard Thompson and Imogen Napper, School of Biological and Marine Sciences, Co-Authors of the report.

Photos and video courtesy University of Plymouth