12.7 million metric tons of plastic pour into our oceans annually

February 12, 2015 10:21 PM

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12.7 million metric tons of plastic pour into our oceans annually

Since their invention roughly 75 years ago, plastics have become increasingly prevalent in the consumer marketplace. Today, we use and dispose of plastics on a daily basis, in products like bottled water and grocery bags. Plastics now represent a significant portion of the solid waste we generate.

Unfortunately, plastic wastes are polluting our oceans. And it is thought that the majority of plastic that ends up there is originating on land. Plastic debris entering the ocean from coastlines can have dangerous effects on the oceans themselves, their wildlife, and even humans. Over time, plastic...

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