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A Sea of Plastic: 65 Years in the Making

August 7, 2018

Via: Waste360

We’ve been making plastic for 65 years, but we still haven’t figured out what to do with it once we’re done using it. And since plastic is not biodegradable, about 70 percent of our discarded plastic ends up in open dumps or landfills—or even worse, in our oceans.

CBS News got in touch with Roland Geyer, a professor of environmental science at UC Santa Barbara, and he noted that plastic in the ocean tends to break down into tiny pieces that then make their way down the food chain. That means there’s plastic in our food, sea salt and drinking water, Geyer stressed.

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