• Michael Stachowitsch


Paper. It can’t really be a serious marine debris issue, right? Any young prankster, however, can tell you just how far a roll of toilet paper can go in defiling the chosen target. And, yes, you will find toilet paper on the beach. Most paper is variously treated with pigments and chemicals, laminations, and admixtures of synthetic fibers to make it robust and – importantly as marine debris – water resistant. Designers use clever tricks to even make furniture and pallets out of it. The paper on beaches ranges from windblown newspapers and water sports packaging to one of the most desirable of the “Big 10” items you’ll actually love to find: the “paper” money lost from the poorly dimensioned pockets of skimpy beachwear.


Cardboard Fireworks Food wrapping Money Newspaper Packaging Paper cup Toilet paper 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Stachowitsch
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  1. 1.Department of Limnology and Bio-OceanographyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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