Once regarded mostly as an eyesore or a nuisance, plastic waste is now widely understood to be a cause of species extinction, ecological devastation, and human health problems. An estimated 1.8 trillion bits of plastic waste have gathered along a single stretch of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California, an exponential increase since the 1970s.

While there is still a concerted effort being made to put an end to the destruction that has already been caused and, hopefully, reverse it, there is still a long way to go. By taking small steps in your everyday life you can play your own role to reduce plastic waste.

“Plastic trash is found in the guts of more than 90% of the world’s sea birds, in the stomachs of more than half of the world’s sea turtles, and it’s even choking the life out of whales. At the rate at which plastic is accumulating in the oceans of the planet, it’s predicted that, by 2050, the mass of plastic in the world’s oceans will exceed the mass of all the fish that live there.

Click on the links below to learn about the devastating effects of plastic on the environment:

https://theintercept.com/2019/07/20/plastics-industry-plastic-recycling/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2018/04/23/five-ways-that-plastics-harm-the-environment-and-one-way-they-may-help/#175eae9167a0

Read about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch:  https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/12th-grade/