As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more protective equipment is ending up in the sea.
The UK sends more plastic waste to Turkey than to any other country but not all of it reaches recycling plants.
Staff and pupils at Alderney's St Anne's School are celebrating achieving plastic-free school status.
The status was awarded by the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage after the school met a set of objectives, including holding "trash mobs' at the school site, at local beaches and in the wider island during activities week to remove plastic and litter from the community.
Students also lobby government and companies to ask them what they were doing about the amount of plastic found discarded; stop using plastic milk and water bottles and reduce the amount of plastic in lunch boxes.
In a letter to parents, head teacher Martin Winward said students had "made a real impression and it is hoped this will continue to inspire us all to be 'plastic' aware".
He added: "There is still more to do and we will continue our work to help keep our school site and local community as plastic free as possible."
BBC Radio Jersey
A new ban on single-use plastic bags in Jersey is just one small step towards the island becoming greener, and the States needs to bring in a complete waste strategy soon, a local environmentalist has said.
Sheena Brockie, from Plastic Free Jersey, said she was glad the States voted to prevent shops giving out thin bags.
But she said far more needed to be done on various issues to make the island more environmentally-friendly and islanders need to work together to make changes "through laws, incentives or education" .
She said: "It's a case of looking at the whole waste stream because plastic bags are literally the tip of the iceberg."