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January 12, 2019 - National Geographic

A running list of action on plastic pollution

A running list of action on plastic pollution
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The world has a plastic pollution problem and it’s snowballing—but so is public awareness and action.

Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean from coastal regions. That’s about equivalent to five grocery bags of plastic trash piled up on every foot of coastline on the planet. All that plastic is causing harm to the creatures that live in the ocean, from coral reefs smothered in bags, to turtles gagging on straws, to whales and seabirds that starve because their bellies are so jammed with bits of plastic that there’s no room for real food.

VA: One solution to this environmental disaster is biodegradable plastic. Petroleum-based plastics like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) don't decompose the same way organic material does. Plastic bottles and bags can over 500 years to decompose in landfills.

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